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Boy Gets Adopted Brother with the Same Deadly Disorder He Has, Says He Wants 'To Love Him Forever'

Bettina Dizon
Nov 20, 2021
09:40 A.M.
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Married couple Monica and Josh Poynter adopted a boy from China with the same disorder as their biological son.

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When Monica and Josh Poynter welcomed their first son, Tag, the couple did not think that there was anything wrong with their son, let alone that he had a life-threatening disorder.

Their local hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky, did not have the right equipment to diagnose their boy, so it wasn’t until they flew to Louisville that they had a full grasp of the problem.

Monica and Josh Poynter with their sons, Tag and Trey. | Source: twitter.com/GMA

Monica and Josh Poynter with their sons, Tag and Trey. | Source: twitter.com/GMA

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Tag was diagnosed with hemophilia Type A, a condition that causes sudden or prolonged bleeding. Monica recalled the experience:

“It was very overwhelming. You’re trying to be first-time parents and then trying to keep your child alive with a bleeding disorder.”

Living with the disorder took time to get used to. The parents learned to give Tag injections to prevent bleeding, and in recent years, they transferred to a new drug to be injected twice a month.

Monica and Josh Poynter's son, Tag. | Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

Monica and Josh Poynter's son, Tag. | Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

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The couple also tried to grow their family and have another child. However, the pair struggled with infertility for several years.

Monica and Josh continue to seek treatment for their two boys and are grateful that they found someone to complete their family as adoptive parents.

“After we realized it wasn’t an option to [biologically] grow our family, we explored other options,” Monica said. After coming across a magazine by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), the couple decided to look into adoption.

Monica and Josh Poynter's sons, Tag and Trey, hugging each other. | Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

Monica and Josh Poynter's sons, Tag and Trey, hugging each other. | Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

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The article they read, featuring an adopted boy from China, made them realize they wanted to do the same. After contacting the names on the magazine, the Poynters found themselves halfway across the world.

It was then, in January 2020, that they met a young boy named Trey. The lad suffered from the same condition as their son and did not have preventive care for the disease. Monica said:

“Trey did not have access to preventive medication before his adoption. Ha had a bleed so bad in his knees he couldn’t walk. He had suffered from intracranial hemorrhages, gastrointestinal bleeds [...].”

Monica and Josh Poynter's sons, Tag and Trey, playing together. | Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

Monica and Josh Poynter's sons, Tag and Trey, playing together. | Source: YouTube/Good Morning America

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When Trey met Tag, a unique bond formed between the two brothers. They connected through their shared challenges and ended up closer than ever.

Monica and Josh continue to seek treatment for their two boys and are grateful that they found someone to complete their family as adoptive parents.

Adopting is one of the kindest gestures a child could receive after feeling alone and abandoned. Like Monica and Josh, there are a lot of other adoptive parents who share their stories with the world.

Gary and Pam Willis are among them -- a couple who adopted seven siblings after their parents tragically died in a horrible car crash.

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