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Durban North’s Domino baby ready to go home

Caleb and his mom will leave South Africa for the United Kingdom in a month's time.

AFTER spending a year in KZN a decade ago, Ceri Pritchard developed a love for South Africa.

She was on a twelve-month stint as a doctor with Mosvold Hospital in Ingwavuma, working on the paediatric ward as well as covering the outpatient department.

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Now, she is back and with a very different purpose – to meet her new son, Caleb, to get to know him and bond with him before embarking on the long trip to his new home in London.

The five-year old has been part of the family at The Domino Foundation’s Babies’ Home since he was six months old, and much has to be done before he can leave with Pritchard on the long flight to the United Kingdom.

There have been many meetings with social workers, court dates, signatures to be applied to a mountain of documents and then an application for a British passport for the young emigrant.

“I will be home-schooling him to start with, and then he will start the new English academic year in ‘Big’ school in September. Although I am a single mum, Caleb will be joining a large extended family, including ten cousins of which he will be the second-youngest,” she said.

For now, Ceri and the young man are enjoying the Durban sunshine, playing, chatting, bonding and generally getting to know each other.

Precious Thabethe, house mother at the Babies’ Home, described the new development in Caleb’s life as an answer to prayer.

“There have been a number of issues we have had to tackle in the past few years leading up to his adoption. Those have all been solved, and now, Ceri being a doctor is an extra blessing as Caleb has battled with eczema and asthma ever since he was born. Ceri is determined to use her skills to help manage and take control of those problems. The staff at the Babies’ Home have given him a great foundation, and the love and devotion is apparent,” she said.

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