Candi likes to joke that her family is living “the Cadillac lifestyle of healthcare.” But three years ago, she and her husband, Joe, faced challenges that were no laughing matter.
After waiting years to adopt a child, the couple was ecstatic when they learned they’d finally get to travel to China to meet their 2-year-old son, Jai. There was just one small catch. Up until three days prior to boarding the plane, Candi and Joe were unaware Jai had hemophilia.
Because Jai’s diagnosis wasn’t noted in his records, the couple was surprised when they received a letter from his foster mother days before their China trip. The letter included the standard collection of adoption updates and arrangements—and at the end, a brief afterthought: “Aside from the hemophilia, he is a healthy, smart, loving boy.”
Unfamiliar with hemophilia, Candi and Joe were taken aback, but not off track. Traveling 7,000 miles to meet their little boy, they weren’t sure what to expect, but they were eager to welcome Jai into their family.