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American couple adopts Odisha girl abandoned by parents

Biological parents of this 6-year-old Odisha girl abandoned her to die. But, destiny had other plans for Aparajita. She was brought up in an orphanage in Odisha’s Bhadrak district. Now she has been adopted by an American couple.

The couple – Mathe James Spoda and Meredith Kai Spoda – adopted the one-handed girl who was abandoned near Bhadrak bus stop over six years ago. The newborn was rescued from the jaws of stray dogs that were nibbling on her.

With the help of locals, the girl was rescued on February 18, 2012 and rehabilitated at ‘Batsalya’ child care. Now she will be shifting to her new home in the US with her new parents.

The couple evinced interest to adopt the girl child and approached the authorities for adoption formalities. “We are blessed with two baby boys and wanted a girl child. So, we thought of adopting her,” expressed Meredith.

The child was handed over to the new parents in the presence of District Collector Gyana Das, Deputy Collector Shyama Bhakta Mishra, Child Protection Officer Padman Ray, Child Welfare Committee member Dr Sudarsan Barik, Namita Bal, Child Protection Unit Probationary Officer Subrat Das and Swagatika Barik among others.

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