Ukranian born 'faceless' girl lands loving family

6 year old Danica Wetmore, born without a face has been adopted into a loving family who have first hand experience with her condition, thanks to their biological daughter.

Thom Wetmore and one of his daughters

6 year old Danica Wetmore, born without a face has been adopted into a loving family who have first hand experience with her condition, thanks to their biological daughter.

Danica had only ever lived inside a Ukrainian orphanage and all that time, Thom and Tami Wetmore were the only ones who ever visited her.

Danica was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome, resulting in deafness and bones missing from her face.

Due to her challenges, the Wetmores were told, the chances were, she'd be turned out of the orphanage when she got older to live on the streets.

'It's just, you felt it in your heart. We knew, as soon as I saw her. I knew, in my spirit, 'Go get your daughter,'Tami Wetmore said. 'That's exactly what I felt is, 'Go get your daughter.''She's quirky. Extremely inquisitive. Very artistic,'Thom Wetmore said. 'She loves drawing, painting, expressing herself.'

Most people wondered why the couple took on the challenge that Danica seemed to be.

The answer is their daughter, Juliana Wetmore.

She was born into the family 6 years before Danica showed up.

She has Treacher-Collins syndrome, but a much more severe case.

Along with deafness, she was born without 40 percent of the bones in her face.

'You forget that there's anything different about her after she's sitting there for five minutes,' Thom said.

Juliana has endured 45 surgeries for her face, but her body and her brain have always been perfectly healthy.

Her spirit is always bright.

'Pure love. She loves everybody. She doesn't judge anybody. She doesn't see anybody as different,'Thom said. 'She just takes everybody as the same.'

'My favorite thing to do is watch movies. Watch TV. Play on the computer. Play with my sisters,' Juliana said, talking like a typical 12-year-old.

'Whatever you first think of somebody when you see them on the outside, that's not what they are on the inside,' Thom said.

Juliana on the inside is a girl whose strength inspired her parents to find room in their hearts for Danica, to understand the challenges ahead better than most.

'had been in an orphanage for six-and-a-half years and no one had visited her,' Tami said. 'Nobody had ever inquired about her.'

'We were the first and only ones,'Thom added.

And the Wetmores' love didn't stop with Danica.

After her, they still had more room in their hearts to adopt three siblings who desperately needed a home.'It's just amazing how your daughter that you look at as just a normal, everyday child that looks a little bit different has changed so many lives,' Thom said. 'Because you realize it's OK to be who you are.'


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