(02/28/13) - It was two years ago - and half a world away.
A little girl attempting to fill a lamp in a Haitian village spilled kerosene all over her neck and chest - then tried to light the lamp.
She would suffer excruciating burns, pain and life-changing scars with no medical treatment. Until now.
All because a local missionary saw something that would change her life.
In Haiti, one of the world's poorest countries, so many children go without things most of us take for granted - food, medicine, education, even parents.
But recently, a local missionary saw a girl missing something no child should be without.
"The moment I seen her, I knew I had to help her. I couldn't stop that there was just something about her. She didn't smile, and she's a 9-year-old child, and she has to smile," said Dana Robinson, missionary.
Fabienne's grandparents had walked through the mountains for hours after hearing of the "We are World Hope" mission to see if anyone could help the 9-year-old girl.
She couldn't do simple things, like look up or lift her arms to play.
"We didn't realize she even could smile because she was so sad," said Ame Booth.
she was hungry, afraid and the victim of a severe burn and primitive medical care.
"To hear her story, she needed a home, needed to be fed. So sad kids in the world who are starving and can't eat everyday, the Lord really touched me and I thought we need to do this," Ame said.
Robinson shared her mission and Fabie's story with her friends.
"We were on the computer, we were on the phone," she said. "She was on Facebook, just fell in love with her eyes. Amy was like, 'We will take her.'"
Ame and Jason Booth opened their hearts, and family, to a little girl they've never met.
"We had talked about adopting beforehand - it's just the Lord opening the door at that time," Ame said. "We were blessed to be able to help somebody."
Somebody who'd become the daughter they always dreamed of.
It was only a four hour flight, but for Fabienne, it would be a life changing journey
Fabie walked off the plane and into the arms of Ame and Jason. Together, they walked her into a whole new world.
She has parents working to adopt her and three brothers who couldn't wait to bring her home. Fabie also has church family, who raised money to support her and prayed for this moment.
They call it God's work - a calling- and it's a powerful sight to see. Together, they'll give a child they've never met the home, love, food and medical care she desperately needs.
One month later, Fabie is fitting right in.
"Its just like having another baby, the same thing, there's room for all of 'em, your heart just grows," Ame said.
"It's amazing how much we loved her before we even met her," Jason said.
They don't speak the same language - Fabie speaks Creole -but she has no trouble playing with her brothers.
And she's found her own way to communicate.
"We were looking for tennis shoes and she found some church shoes, really wanted them, started singing 'his little light of mine' and saying 'Sunday shoes, Sunday shoes,'" Ame said.
She got the Sunday shoes, and also got to know another girl with her own special slippers.
"She likes 'Cinderella,' she can sing the songs and dance around the house," Ame said.
Like her favorite character, Fabie's life has transformed in the past few weeks.
But the Booth's say they've also learned so much, seeing life through Fabie's eyes.
"Everything, new experience, doors at stores," Ame said.
"Even going to the grocery store to get food, first time she came back, 'Poppy I got you this', ran to brothers, showed them things she picked out that they take for granted," Jason said.
She's tried so much in the past few weeks - sledding, French fries, shopping. And she is smiling - a lot.
And now - a chance to move, and look like other children.
Dr. Paul Cederna, a University of Michigan surgeon, will donate a life-changing burn reconstruction surgery to Fabie.
"It gives us an opportunity to do something for someone who doesn't get the kind of things we just expect on a daily basis," he said.
Fabie's first surgery will help her with basic movements.
She'll have surgery, physical therapy, then cosmetic surgery. Eventually - the chance to smile and play that every 9 year old deserves.
"I can only imagine when she can actually look up at the sky or she can be lying on her tummy on the ground and watch 'Cinderella,' her favorite show. These are things she can't do today and it'll be amazing for her," Dr. Cederna said.
"It's exciting to see from where she was when I first met her, so sad, and now the reality, she's going to have a normal childhood like everybody else," Robinson said.
A childhood that now shines so much brighter.
The surgery went well, and Fabie is resting at Mott Children's hospital. We were there and plan to bring you updates on her inspirational story.
She's in Flint on a medical visa and the Booths are working to adopt her.
The sad part is - there are so many others like her in Haiti who need help. You can find out more about the organization that reached out to Fabie by clicking HERE.
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