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      Beating the odds: family adopts special needs child from Bulgaria

      By Stacy Jacobsonsjacobson@abcnews4.com

      MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- A typical day in the Moss household is busy and loud.

      "There are days with three kids I'm ready to pull my hair out," Amy Moss said.

      By their parents' accounts, all three kids are thriving, even 8-year-old Maia.

      When Amy and Craig Moss first found a photo of Maia online a year and a half ago, she was 7 years old, but only weighed 19 pounds. Maia was raised in a Bulgarian orphanage and kept in a crib most of her life.

      "The food they had received was a flour-water mixture. No nutrition there at all, which kind of explains why she's so small for her age," Amy Moss said.

      "We tried to temper our expectations as much as we could because everything we were told is she doesn't walk. She doesn't talk. She's just barely crawling," Craig Moss said.

      Amy and Craig Moss went to Bulgaria in July and returned with Maia. Now, step by step, their daughter is learning to walk. She can't talk, but she is learning to use sign language. When she tries to talk, you can make out just one word: "dada."

      Maia has quickly become an integral part of the Moss family's chaos. It was clear the family's love may be her best medicine.

      "She's blown away any expectations we'd set," Craig Moss said.

      And Maia's glow, combined with her giggle, teach the Moss family a lesson it never thought about until she lit up their home.

      "They don't see her as having a handicap at all. Nathan will pull her up in her walker and say, 'Come on, Maia. Let's learn how to walk.' It's just, 'We're going to teach you how to do this,'" Amy Moss said.

      They can't wait to see what she will teach them and Maia will impact their lives for years to come.

      The Moss family will participate in Love Gave, a fund raiser to raise money for 10 families to adopt children. You can find more information here.

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