This photo shows the moment a little boy adopted from Kazakhstan met his new grandfather in Newfoundland and saw someone who, just like him, was born without a right hand.
But getting 4-year-old Kirill to his new home was no easy task. Doug and Lesley Facey, a couple from Paradise, Newfoundland, first decided they wanted to adopt back in 2012.
After months of legal hurdles and screening procedures, the Faceys saw a photo of Kirill. Doug immediately thought of his father, Chris.
“How could we say no to this little boy when I have grown up with someone who was the same all my life and it never bothered me or stopped him in one way or another,” Doug Facey told BuzzFeed Canada.
Finally, last June, it was time to travel to Kirill’s orphanage in Karaganda and meet their son.
“It was almost surreal, the meeting with him. It was something that seemed to be so far off in the distance for the longest time, then the next thing we knew were there,” said Facey. “The meeting day is a day that neither one of us would forget.”
Kirill had been passed up for adoption several times before, likely because of his hand, said Facey.
“The mentality over there is he’s not perfect, and that’s a bunch of poppycock because anyone who speeds five seconds around Kirill knows that won’t stop him.”
Even a judge in Kazakhstan asked the couple: “Now are you sure you want to adopt a boy that’s missing a hand?”
“I got a bit angry at that point after being asked that so many times,” said Facey.
He told the judge: “With all due respect, this little guy, there’s nothing wrong with him. He’s missing a hand; I don’t consider him disabled.”
Finally, after a waiting period and paperwork that had to be taken by train to Moscow, the Faceys brought Kirill back to Newfoundland on Sept. 13.
And that’s when Kirill met Chris. “My dad held out his stump and Kirill held out his and they bumped.”
Now, the two are inseparable, and Kirill is always asking to speak to “Grampy.”
“They have a very special bond; every time they see each other they do the stump bump, as well call it,” said Facey.
Since first being posted on CBC, Facey has received messages from across the country about Kirill and his story.
“Kirilll deserves all the goodwill coming his way after the way his life started,” said Facey.
“It clearly seems like there was some higher power that wanted this match to happen. It’s pretty cool.’