Whether demonstrating the best back bend in gymnastics or competing with her four siblings, 9-year-old Samantha doesn’t back down from a challenge. And challenges have been a part of her life from birth. Because of a congenital birth defect, Samantha was born missing most of her left leg, starting at the middle of the thigh.
Samantha’s birth mother, unequipped to meet Samantha’s needs, abandoned her outside a tea factory in China. Samantha’s smile and story caught the attention of the Fraser family. Susan Fraser, Samantha’s adopted mother, recalls seeing her daughter for the first time in photos.
“Once we saw Samantha’s infectious smile, we knew she was our daughter,” she said.
After completing the adoption process, the Frasers got to meet their 2-year-old girl. She was everything they hoped for and more.