Biological family of adopted boy from Haiti missing

Biological family of adopted boy from Haiti missing

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Angela Scruggs met her future brother, Woovens, when he was just one-year-old. Angela Scruggs met her future brother, Woovens, when he was just one-year-old.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Even before the earthquake in Haiti, medical care there was poor, especially for children.

UT sophomore Angela Scruggs knows about this first hand. Her family adopted a boy from Haiti this year.

Scruggs met her future brother, Woovens, when he was just one year old.

"My brother was born with water on the brain," Scruggs says. "In America, if an infant is born with that, it's treated within the first few minutes of birth. But since he was in Haiti, he couldn't get medical attention."

Because of this, his family, who lives just outside Port-au-Prince, put him up for adoption.

Scruggs' parents, who live in Nashville, met Wooven's family while doing mission trips in Haiti for their church.

They had no plans to adopt, but after seeing Wooven's medical problems, they knew they had to bring him back to the U.S. for treatment.    
   
"Initially, it was crazy," Scruggs says. "I was 13 at the time. He was one-year-old. I was like, we can't have this big of a gap between me and my little brother, but once he came here and I meet him, he is the coolest kid."

The Scruggs want their son to remain in contact with his biological family. His father actually came to Tennessee in December and spent Christmas with the family.

The Scruggs are now concerned for the safety of Woovens' family. They haven't been able to make contact since the earthquake.

The family lives in Carrefoure, which was one of the hardest hit areas.

"The place where my brother's father worked actually collapsed in the aftershocks," Scruggs says.

"My first reaction was definitely thinking about my brother's biological family, that they might not have survived it," Scruggs says.

She hopes the world can see the hardships of the people there, especially the children, and give back.

She's also grateful her family was able to give one boy a chance at life.

The Scruggs used Catholic Charities out of Memphis to adopt Woovens. For more information on that organization, visit its Web site at www.ccetn.org  

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