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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An Orange County family got the greatest holiday gift they could imagine — their adopted child, a 9-year-old burn victim from China, arrived in Los Angeles Friday.
CBS2’s Melissa McCarty was at Los Angeles International Airport for Cami Ai Liu’s arrival.
Karen Ying Ling, the adoptive mother, met Cami last week for the first time.
“She just walked in and she just looked at me and I looked her in the eyes and we just knew,” she said.
Months before, she and her husband, Doug, took the leap of faith to adopt Cami based on her story and need.
“It was something that we feel we were called to do as Christians,” Doug said.
Cami, who was burned at the age of 2 and left alongside the road, has been living in an orphanage for the past 7 years… until now.
The family discovered Cami through the nonprofit Children’s Burn Foundation, which organized local doctor Peter Grossman to donate his time to reconstruct her face and body with all medical costs taken care of until she’s an adult.
The Ying Lings have adopted two other girls from China – one is 6 and the other, 4.