Salt Lake City Family Raises Money to Adopt Sick Child from Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: Salt Lake City Family Raises Money to Adopt Sick Child from Bulgaria The Thomas's wait in anticipation to finally hold the newest member of their family - Bulgarian boy Gavin. Photo by KSL-TV

By Devon Dolan

KSL-TV, NBC-affiliated television station in Salt Lake City, Utah


One year ago Andy and Lindsay Thomas and their three kids found 6-year-old Gavin through an adoption agency. He lives in an orphanage in Bulgaria and is in desperate need of medical care. He has stage four renal failure.

"We have appointments set up for him as soon as we get home." Lindsay said.

But even before expensive medical costs, the adoption alone cost USD 28,000, which the Thomas's didn't have up front.

Through a story with KSL last July, and other advertising, complete strangers started donating money and they were able to raise USD 13,000 towards the adoption.

"We couldn't have done it without that money," Lindsay said.

They have never even spoken to Gavin before, but Andy and Lindsay Thomas flew to Bulgaria.

"He's now officially our child. We just have to go and make the trip and bring him home," Lindsay said.

The couple left Thursday morning to meet their son for the very first time.

"She's going to cry and I'm going to be videotaping her crying," Andy said.

Their three kids will wait at home for their new brother.

"This is his bed. This is my bed," said Bradley Thomas. "We are going to be sharing."

Presents from Santa and a pillow with his new last name will also be there for his welcome home. The Thomas's wait in anticipation to finally hold the newest member of their family.

The family will be back in Salt Lake with Gavin on the 12th.

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MysteryHP - 6 Jan 2013 // 02:26:18

Oh darn! Just what i feared,,,the sects have got hold of this poor child. May he grow to find stregth and wisdom to escape the cult when he gets older. What is our government doing to protect our children from these cultists?

Jerry - 5 Jan 2013 // 20:53:28

The Child within the protection of the Christian Spirit of Love thy Neighbor" does not make the Salt Lake City a "Cultist" but a member of the Human race that has compassion.

Our Orthodox Church must teach our Flock what is behind the "TRUTH" that LEADS TO THE LIGHT!

A "Cultist is basically a person run by his INTELLECT and not the BASICS of pure COMPASSION.

MysteryHP - 4 Jan 2013 // 11:17:03

I hope to god that this family in Salt Lake city are not cultists, and we are now sending our kids into cult environment. Salt Lake city is the base for the Mormon cult (those crazy guys from america running around in Sofia with white shirts and black name tags). Be ever vigilant!!! Cults are everywhere in BG. I really hope this child is not in this situation, but from the city reported, i really fear he is in danger.

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