Local artist Scott Morphew drew a picture of the Virgin Mary kissing Jesus as a baby titled "The Kiss of Life" Feb. 6, 2012. The next day a mirror image of Jessica Cooksey Paulraj kissing her son, Adam, and the story of his rare syndrome were published in The Florida Times-Union.
Jacksonville native Jessica Cooksey Paulraj and her husband, Raja Paulraj, were working as missionaries in a hospital in India when they first met Adam. He was born with Bartsocas-Papas, a rare syndrome that left him with extreme deformities. At birth, Adam had no eyelids or fingers, his legs were webbed together, and his mouth and nose were underdeveloped. The Paulrajs adopted Adam and brought him back to the United States.
Morphew, touched by the resemblance of Jessica and Adam to his drawing and the child's story, entered his drawing to One Spark. He hopes to raise money for the mass production and sale of "The Kiss of Life." Every dollar Morphew receives from sales will be sent to Jessica and Raja Paulraj for their son's medical expenses.
Manning the One Spark booth is Adam's grandmother, Teresa Cooksey. Armed with flyers, she's rallying for votes to help her daughter and son-in-law finance the surgeries Adam needs to grow up comfortably.