Maleka’s life started out challenged from the beginning, she was born blind. It went from bad to worse for her. In March 1997, at the age of 15 months, while still in the care of her birth mother, Maleka was burnt in a tub of scalding hot water. The burns were horrible. Maleka received third degree burns to more than 55% of her body. The doctors gave her only a 5% chance of surviving. God had other plans!
John and I were called in as foster parents for her. We flew to Shiners Burn Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, where we went through extensive medical training to learn to care for her burns. We thought we were there only to learn to care for her and then once she was able, she would be placed into an orphanage. Again, God had other plans.
We fell in love with her the first time we ever saw her and decided we wanted to take her home. Caring for her and learning to give her the love she so deserves, has been a very tough and extremely rewarding 14 years.
It goes without saying, I wouldn’t change a thing. She is absolutely amazing and brings joy to every person that has the chance to meet her. I chronicle this journey in a book I wrote and published, “Blind, Burned and Living Against All Odds.”
I have been able to travel and share Maleka’s and our family’s testimony. Maleka’s life teaches us that God always has a better plan and as long as God keeps opening doors and opportunities, we will continue to declare, what the devil meant for bad God has surely turned to good…