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Gift of Love: Evan

He has done more than anyone ever thought possible, and although this East Texas foster child has some special needs, he continues to prove his doctors wrong. Gillian Sheridan introduces us to Evan in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.

He's an adorable, 21 month old little boy.

"He loves to tease you and has a lot of fun whatever he's doing."

Rachel and Todd Estes are Evan's foster parents.

"He has this, you could say, rambunctious or witty spirit. You can tell if you do something the wheels are turning. He's very mischievous, but very sweet natured. He loves to cuddle and hug."

Evan attends therapy sessions after being diagnosed with seizure disorder, which is controlled by medication.

"He has defied every odd and we just think he's going to do great. I mean he's met all of his goals. We have to update all of his goals on a very continuous basis."

Doctors thought evan would have difficulty eating and drinking, sitting up, crawling, even grasping toys.

"He's a miracle. Yes he is. Definitely. You know when you talk to his doctors he really shouldn't be doing the things he's doing. Everyday that he says another word or takes a step or uses his right hand, which no one said he would, is amazing."

And this little boy has amazing determination.

"His therapists have just done wonders, but it's is also his will. He has, it's very uncanny to see a child that age that just has this amazing will and he just tries so hard."

Evan enjoys being read to and likes toys that light up and play music. He needs parents willing to give him a lifelong commitment.

"He's going to need love and care just like any kid does but he is going to need extra doctor visits. He's going to need to come to therapy 2 and 3 times a week."

"He needs a family who will spend time with him and really focus on him."

And Todd and Rachel say Evan is a blessing.

"He feels like ours. Will it be hard to see him go to a forever family? Yes. Bitter sweet."

"Obviously the reason we are so upset is because we love him so much."

So what does Evan's future hold?

"That's for God to know."

"I'm very optimistic. I am very optimistic."

And the gift of love can do wonders.

"Our prayer is that there is a family out there that is the perfect family for Evan."

If you'd like more information on Evan, call our Gift of Love hotline toll-free at 1-888-KIDS-275.

Gillian Sheridan, Reporting

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