A Canadian woman suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has been hospitalized in Africa while waiting for her the paperwork for her son’s adoption to be finalized.
Kimberlee Moran and her husband, Clark, travelled to Ibadan, Nigeria in August to adopt their two-year-old son, Ayo. Originally, the couple anticipated waiting no more than a week for Ayo’s citizenship paperwork to be approved by the Canadian government, but after more than three months, the family is still waiting.
The Abbotsford, B.C. couple travelled to Accra, Ghana to issue more paperwork to the Canadian immigration office there, but after weeks of waiting, Moran’s husband was forced to return to Canada and to work — without his family.
According to Clark, his wife’s health has deteriorated significantly during her time in Africa. Without access to her normal treatment, Moran’s physical and mental health “is at the lowest point she’s ever been at in her entire life.”
Moran has been chronicling her attempt to journey home on Facebook, reaching out to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen for assistance to no avail.
After 112 days of waiting, Moran shared an update of her failing health to Facebook.
“Yesterday I lost normal feeling in both of my feet and both of my hands. All four of my limbs are numb. All four limbs,” she wrote. “I have MS, an incurable neurological disease, so I know these things can happen, but you still hope it won’t happen to you. You always hope you’ll be the exception, not the rule.”
Moran goes on to describe the emotional toll her health and the stress of waiting for answers has taken on her physically and emotionally.
“I fell asleep last night in tears, sobbing; literally crying out to God to take it all away,” she continued.
The unknown and her deteriorating health has left the new mother wondering if her condition will improve once she’s able to make it back to Canada.
“I am literally at the end of myself and so I’m doing the only thing I know how to do when I have nothing left in me to give,” she wrote. “I will sing.”
Moran says she is determined to sing through the “tears of desperation” and is trying to remain hopeful.
A recent update to Facebook from Moran came while in hospital for treatment, separated from her young son who is staying with friends.
Moran’s husband was recently interviewed by CTV News, who contacted the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) inquiring on the expected timelines for international adoption.
According to a statement provided by the IRCC to CTV News, typically the process of international adoption can take between six to eight months. However, depending on the country of origin, the process can take as long as two years.
Moran’s husband told reporters that “what’s really in the best interest of our child is that he’s home here in Canada with his parents.”
Despite the ordeal, the family is doing their best to remain hopeful that they will be reunited in time for Christmas.