Fate of adopted Ethiopian boy lies in a FedEx box on its way from a remote African village
By Jason Schreiber
Union Leader Correspondent | March 03. 2014 10:04PM
Behaylu Barry, 12, seen here with his dog, Yoshi, at his Stratham home, is in need of a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia last month. JASON SCHREIBER
Behaylu Barry, 12, of Stratham, with his brother, Sean, and his parents parents, Midori and Aidan. JASON SCHREIBER
A native Ethiopian, 12-year-old Behaylu and his adoptive family in Stratham are hoping for a miracle after he was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia three weeks ago.
The diagnosis came just after Behaylu, an avid soccer player, who turns 13 on March 28, was selected for an elite team at Seacoast United Soccer Club in Hampton. Symptoms began last month with nose bleeds, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Hospitalized at Boston Children's Hospital after his diagnosis, Behaylu is now back home and is receiving weekly blood transfusions.
"Gym class is kind of hard," he said.
The Barrys have already contacted a doctor in Ethiopia who has agreed to help with passports, exit visas and other steps that may need to be taken to bring a sibling to the United States.
The Barrys have provided a loving home for the young boy, the middle child in an African family that relinquished him because of brutal poverty and hunger.Four years ago, after Behaylu expressed concern about their well-being, the Barrys set out on a mission to find his birth family. It took about two years. In 2012, the Barrys traveled to Ethiopia. Behaylu was greeted with a hero's welcome when he arrived in the village and met up with his family.
The Barrys now help Behaylu's siblings by providing the resources they need to attend private school and have proper clothing and health care.