Dabek ’s family grew by one when she adopted the special-needs patient, 9-year-old Jashia she’s been caring for since he was born.
Kelli Dabek brought the 9-year-old Jashia home two years ago when the boy was thrust into the foster care system following the unexpected death of his biological mother, WBTV reported.
And he’s not leaving anytime soon because Kelli has officially adopted him on Sept. 1, expanding her family from three to four.
“We knew what we had to do,” Dabek, who had become certified for emergency foster care to initially take the boy in, told the network. “My whole family, we knew that’s what we wanted to do.”
Dabek, who lives in Ballston Spa, has been caring for Jashia ever since he was born prematurely at 23 weeks with a host of issues, ranging from chronic respiratory failure, epilepsy and asthma.
He also has developmental issues and has been diagnosed with failure to thrive, she said, so he sees a range of doctors including neurologists and gastroenterologists.
But at home, he loves hanging with his sisters, Alexa and Hayley, and strapping on his helmet and going for a bike ride.