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Isaac Kolleh Reunites with Biological Parents After Successful Surgery
By Mae Azango, Liberian Daily Observer. www.liberianobserver.com
Published: 12 June, 2007
MONROVIA, Little Isaac Kolleh who left Liberia last November to undergo surgery in order to have his anus restored has been reunited with his parents in Liberia.
The little boy touched down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) Sunday afternoon along with his host parents. James and Sara Nowell of the United States, who accompanied Isaac, were received by the boy's biological parents, Rudolph and Esther Kolleh, Rev. and Mrs. Sam Reeves of the Providence Baptist Church and Ms. Sue Nipeh of the Analyst newspaper.
The Nowells said it was at first a bit difficult to get Isaac used to his biological
parents because right now he only knows the Nowells as Mommy and Daddy.
On Monday the Nowells and Isaac, along with his biological parents, visited the Daily Observer newspaper family. Little Isaac demonstrated this by calling Mr. Nowell Daddy and Mrs. Nowell, Mommy throughout their time in the office of the managing director, Mr. Best.
Little Isaac jumped on Mr. Nowell to carry and show him around, then runs to Mrs. Nowell for comfort. Describing the scene, one would feel sad to know that little Isaac will miss his host parents because they taught him basic things, like walking, knowing his age and learning new words everyday.
Speaking with the Daily Observer, Mr. James Nowell explained: “Isaac came to us last November with an imperforated anus and since then he has been a part of our family for the past seven months. It is going to be hard for us because we will miss him a lot.”
The Nowells have two boys; the older is 4 and the younger, 2. “Isaac fitted in the gap because he is three and he became more attached to our younger son.”
Isaac is the first child they have ever hosted, though their organization “Children's Circle Mission” has brought several children from South America and Liberia to the USA for medical attention, Mr. Nowell said.
He works in a manufacturing plant as a purchasser while his wife Sara works as an office manager.
“Little Isaac brought a lot of pleasure to our lives during the time he spent with us, Sara Nowell said. “Though taking care of three boys with a year in between is not easy, yet we managed and we will miss him. But we will keep in close contact with the Kollehs, to see how well Isaac is getting along. Isaac is welcome to come for vacation at anytime and we will be happy to receive him,” Mrs. Nowell added.
For his part, Mr. Rudolph Kolleh, father of little Isaac expressed his thanks to the Nowell's for hosting and taking care of his son. “I'm grateful to God and to the family that hosted my son. I never knew that he could be looking so healthy because he was in a very bad condition when he left Liberia.”
Mr. Kolleh further disclosed that he and his wife are trying to find someone to adopt their son Isaac because he has been out of job since November of last year when he was retired as a tax collector at the Ministry of Finance. “Our only means of survival is a local cook shop my wife runs,” he said.
He said they have nine children to feed and send to school, so this is the reason we wants someone to adopt his son.
“I want to take this time to thank the “Children's Circle Mission for coming to the aid of my son when he was dying and I would also like to thank the Daily Observer family for their publication that brought help to us,” he said.
Madam Esther Kolleh, mother of little Isaac said, “I thank God that my tears have turn to happiness because my son is so healthy compared to the time he left Liberia. I would like to tell everybody that if you are serving God, he will never let you down.
Little Isaac Kolleh and baby Blessing Brown left Liberia last November to take surgeries to restore their anus. They were taken out of Liberia by a non-profit Christian Organization called “Children's Circle Mission.”