Baby Adam's story

Baby Adam was born on September 18, 2011, in Alipur, India with Bartsocas-Papas Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder that caused multiple birth defects. Read more to learn about Baby Adam's story and the remarkable team of clinicians, family, and supporters that have rallied around him.

Baby Adam's story click to enlarge Jessica Paulraj and Baby Adam

Baby Adam was adopted by Jessica and Raja Paulraj, who worked as a doctor and a nurse in the small mission hospital where he was born. When it became clear that Adam would not receive the care he needed in India, Jessica and Raja began to reach out to friends and family members across the globe in a search for help.

One of the people who received their message was Brooke Gleason, Family Support Specialist in the Newborn Critical Care Center in the N.C. Children’s Hospital. Brooke shared Baby Adam's story with colleagues at UNC and was soon in touch with Dr. John van Aalst, director of Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery at UNC. After consulting with many physician colleagues across UNC, Dr. van Aalst worked with the Paulraj's to get Baby Adam to Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care.

Since Baby Adam arrived in early November, many people at UNC have worked tirelessly to care for him and to also raise the funds necessary to pay for the many surgeries he would need. The Baby Adam fund created by the Medical Foundation of NC (the fundraising arm of UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine) was able to raise more than $140,000 by late November, when Baby Adam had his first surgeries. Watch the video at right for just a few of the details from Dr. van Aalst.

Baby Adam has extremely complicated surgical and medical needs. But he also has two loving parents, a large family of supporters, and widening circle of people at UNC Health Care and in the community who have been touched by his young life. Thanks to our team of clinicians (including pediatric ophthalmologists, craniofacial surgeons, geneticists, pediatric orthopaedic surgreons, pediatric urologists, pediatric hand surgeons, and pediatric surgeons, and our nursing teams across UNC Hospitals) who have cared for Baby Adam during his time at UNC. Thanks also to the team at the Medical Foundation who has helped to raise funds for Baby Adam.

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