In his three short years, Mei Deavers has adapted to more than most adults have.
Born with limb deficiency in both arms and legs, Mei spent the first two years of his life in a special-needs orphanage in China. That was where Tracey Deavers first met Mei while on a trip with a group of college students in 2010.
Though Tracey and his wife Shannon already had four kids of their own, they were considering adopting a child from China before the trip. Once he met Mei, Tracey knew the young boy should become part of the family.
“From the very beginning we prayed and asked God to move mountains for us so we could bring this little boy home. Then, things that shouldn’t have happened started happening,” Tracey said. “One mountain after another began to move. God moved the right things into the right place at just the right time.”
In November 2010, Tracey and Shannon brought Mei back to their home in Cochran, Ga. The couple sought medical advice from several hospitals on how they could continue to make life easier for their newest son. With the way his legs were formed, Mei would have more and more difficulty walking as he got older.
They sent a picture of Mei’s leg deficiencies to Colleen Coulter, a physical therapist at Children’s. She then sent the picture to Michael Schmitz, M.D., Chief of Orthopaedics at Children’s.