The first time Mary Ann Wells met little Sophia, she was not even three weeks old. Sophia was born with a birth defect that required surgery and an 11-month stay in the hospital. During that time Wells treated Sophia like she was her own.
“I would sing to her, hold her, cuddle her,” the nurse at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in California said.
When Sophia was just a baby, she required a lot of medical attention.
As Wells spent more time with Sophia she noticed something. The little girl’s father was completely absent, and more often than not Sophia’s mother wasn’t present either.
“If a surgery occurred, you expect a parent to be there non-stop, or at least at the baby’s bedside,” Wells said to ABC 7.
Eventually, Child Protective Services became involved, and Wells and her husband were able to become the child’s legal guardians.
As a nurse, Wells fell in love with Sophia.
And that’s when Wells and her husband, Steve, began to think about adoption.
Although they are both currently in their sixties, and to some the idea of raising a little girl late in life may be daunting, they were up for the challenge. When Sophia was about five, they officially started the adoption process.
After three years and $100,000 in legal fees, the Wells were finally able to adopt 8-year-old Sophia on November 4.
After CPS became involved, the Wells decided to adopt the little girl.
Sophia is well-aware of her adoption and how important this new beginning is for her and her adoptive parents.
Ahead of the scheduled date to have her adoption finalized, she said she was “super duper, ultra mega” excited.