US couple who adopt Filipino girl with no limbs share story to inspire others


A couple from Utah who adopted a girl with no limbs has touched the hearts of Americans after they shared their story on YouTube.

Adrianne and Jason Stewart told the story of how they adopted Maria from a special-needs orphanage in Philippines in a video to mark her first adoption anniversary, CNN reported.

The video was re-posted on Love What Matters, a Facebook page that shares inspiring stories, and has been watched more than 800,000 times.

The Stewarts said that they shared their story to inspire others to adopt.

Maria, now three, was placed in an orphanage in Cavite, just south of capital Manila, when she was six months old, according to the video.

In 2014, the couple saw a smiling photo of her and "fell in love", they said. It took a year to get approval for the adoption, and they flew over to meet her in October 2015.

An orphanage staff could be seen crying in the video when Mrs Stewart picks up Maria for the first time.

She said in the video post: "When we found our daughter we did not think that we were qualified or prepared enough to parent a child like her, a child born without arms and legs, but we knew that we could love her and that loving her was what mattered most!"

"She has given us far more than we will ever give her. She is so full of joy and light, and is an inspiration to all who meet her."

She also said that Maria has taught them "that we are all so much more capable than we think we are".

Mrs Stewart said that Maria could barely lift her head when they first took her home.

In videos on their YouTube channel, Maria is seen "sliding" down stairs and learning how to feed herself.

"We put limits on her abilities and then we see her doing exactly what we thought she was not capable of," she wrote in the post.

Maria has three siblings - the Stewarts' two biological daughters and an adopted son from the Philippines. They are going to adopt another child, CNN said.