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They wanted a larger family but Elisabeth was unable to have more children.Isabelle was never keen on having children of her own but became interested in adopting when she volunteered to work at the Amani Baby Cottage orphanage in Uganda.This infuriated many locals, some of whom were also unhappy about her adoption bid.‘I had to run through the grounds to let the security guard in,’ Isabelle says.Isabelle, a learning support worker, fought a five-year battle to adopt Nathaniel, at one stage moving to Uganda to ensure she could become his mother.She almost lost him to pancreatitis and narrowly escaped death herself when she was attacked by masked gunmen who opposed mixed race adoption. There are so many loving families willing to take in a needy child.‘I didn’t think about being shot, I just ran for my life.’ The thugs fled.‘I was told if they come with guns they’re there to kill you.
But Mr Gove faces opposition from some of Britain’s adoption charities, which continue to insist that children’s culture and ethnicity should not be dismissed.By this time she had established legal guardianship.‘It was so special and such a relief to be home,’ she says.Dressed in a smart Ralph Lauren shirt – ‘an e Bay bargain’ – he zooms around chatting in perfect English.His laughter fills the family’s four-bedroom house, but he listens attentively to his story – his mother has never tried to hide it from him.
When Isabelle found him she planned to save him from the life of poverty and pain that could have been her own fate.