Family pictures of her with her two little girls are enough to tug at the heartstrings – an adoring mom and the children she fell so in love with on a mission to Africa that she had to adopt them and bring them home.
Many more people fell in love with Miah and Carmel too after Sophie Hartman used Facebook and YouTube to share her unique family’s story. She also detailed how their paths crossed in a book called Crowns of Beauty. The little girls were her whole life, the single mom from Renton, Washington, said.
Sophie (31) made it her priority to keep people up to date about six-year-old Carmel’s daily struggles with alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC), a rare neurological condition that causes bouts of weakness and paralysis. Carmel was put in leg braces to help her walk and had to go under the knife for surgeries to install a feeding tube as well as a tube to flush out her intestines.