This doctor-nurse duo have adopted 88 kids with special needs for over 4 decades

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What would you say to the parents with 88 children? Though the number is quite surprising but Michael and Camille Geraldi have dedicated their whole life to give best of the best life to these adopted 88 children with special needs.

Michael and Camille Geraldi, a husband and wife, doctor-and-nurse duo have adopted all these kids when they were infants. The Geraldis’ story starts in 1986 at Miami Children’s Hospital, where Michael could find Camille sitting by the bedside of critically ill abandoned children, reading to them or just holding their hands.

When Mike asked me to marry him, I told him I want to make a home for handicapped kids, and he said ‘I want to follow your dream’. The children I took in were expected to die. But so many of them have lived, said Camille Geraldi.

Camille started bringing these kids home with her, whom hospital staff could do nothing more for. In 2015, the couple celebrated their 40th anniversary and made plans to travel the following year on their first-ever vacation. But in January 2015, Michael Geraldi was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos. He passed away on March 8, 2016.

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Camille is still continuing the work that she and her husband started decades ago, building the Possible Dream Foundation and helping others through education and resources on how to care for individuals with special needs.

Their oldest adopted child, Darlene, is now 32 and the youngest one is Isabella, who is 8 years old. The couple also has two biological daughters. More than 40 children, many of whom are now adults, consider Michael and Camille Geraldi their parents.

 

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