Azalea and Mitiku

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For 6 years, Sophie and Mark Fauveau tried to start a family of their own. They faced many challenges including...

For 6 years, Sophie and Mark Fauveau tried to start a family of their own. They faced many challenges including failed adoptions and a miscarriage of twin boys. 

In 2009, Azalea came into their life. Sophie and Mark were able to adopt her from Ethiopia at the age of 2 years-old. Noticing that Azalea was confused by her environment and more attached to adults more than most other children her age, Sophie realized that Azalea was hearing-impaired. From there, Azalea was fitted with hearing-aids that dramatically impacted the way that she interacted with the world around her. 

Fast forward to 5 years later, Azalea and her parents discovered that Azalea had a twin brother named Mitiku back home in Ethiopia. Overcome with emotion and wanting Azalea to know her brother, Sophie began planning a reunion for Azalea and Mitiku.

When Azalea and her parents returned to the village that Azalea was born in, they were welcomed with love and open arms; Azalea and Mitiku were finally able to be reunited. 

After observing Azalea and Mitiku’s interactions, Sophie realized that Mitiku was also hearing-impaired.

Sophie was overwhelmed with the desire to help Mitiku. She promised his father that she would do everything she could to help get Mitiku the support he needed, including being seen by an audiologist.

Watch the video above to learn more about Azalea and Mitiku were able to find their way back to each other across the globe.