If a child is put into an orphanage run by nuns, there are several key things that they should expect to be looked after, to be fed and maintained and to have a life that is better than the one they were removed from. Unfortunately, not all orphanages are run that way, as you will find out in this sad and shocking story, matthew was an adorably cute and sweetly innocent little baby when he was born in a hospital in a small village in northern Ireland.
Sadly, though, he was a little boy born into a dysfunctional family. His mother and father were both abusers of several substances, including alcohol and several other types of drugs authorities kept a close eye on the family for several years after little, matthew was born in hopes that his parents would change their ways and start to look after themselves And their newborn child and in all fairness to them, they stayed clean for a couple of years, matthew seemed to be tried again growing up just like any other child. So authorities started to back off convinced that the daily life of this family had changed for the better and for good, unfortunately, didn’t take much for the parents to fall back off the wagon and only a few short years later.
They ended up spiraling back into the pit of alcohol and drugs. Matthew started to slip from being their number one priority with their addictions. Taking his place, money began getting scarce and they turned to illegal means to help fund their destructive habits. Of course, as soon as authorities heard about this downward spiral, they swooped in and petitioned for a judge to allow them to remove matthew from the home for his own safety. The judge sympathetic to the sad state of affairs ordered the removal of the child and for him to be placed in an orphanage under the care of nuns.
When the day came for matthew to be taken, the parents seemed less interested in seeing their child being taken and more interested in stashing away the various drugs that they had lying about their house. It was truly a sad thing to behold as a kindly support officer carried a scared and confused matthew and the small bag of possessions from the house. The lady told him that he would be going to an orphanage unsure of what one of those was matthew sat quietly in the back of the car as they made the long drive soon enough. A large and grand looking building loomed at the end of the long road on the horizon, the orphanage was out in the lush and rainy hills of northern ireland, half an hour or so away from the nearest town, meaning it was a peaceful and quiet location. The nuns originally used the grand building for prayers and to worship god, but over the years it had been transformed into a facility that looked after orphaned children as the support officer led matthew into the entrance hall of the building.
They were greeted by three middle-aged, but kindly looking nuns with their long full-length, black gowns and white headdresses that went from the tops of their heads to their mid-chest made them look like something from the ancient times, and this gave matthew an uneasy feeling. Besides, at only four years old, he had never seen anyone dress like that. Still he put on a brave face and the nuns warmly welcomed them introducing themselves and offering the support worker a coffee having to get back to the office. The support worker politely declined and left the building, instructing the nuns to look after matthew and to find him somewhere nice to live as soon as she had left and her car had made its way down the long road away from the orphanage things started to change. The nun stopped being so warm and friendly and instead spoke to matthew in a harsh and cold manner.
They instructed him to stay quiet and only speak when he was spoken to and not to leave his room unless instructed they then led him to a small room with nothing but a mattress and a small dirty toilet in it. A tiny window overlooked an enclosed courtyard and the room was painted a sickly shade of green. This was no place for a four-year-old boy to live, but matthew soon learned that this was no happy place. The nuns were mean and would often hit him with a cane for the slightest thing. There were other children there, but they looked equally sad, downbeat and dejected as matthew.
He had to grow up quickly in such a harsh and unloving environment. The nuns hated children and they only agreed to keep the place open as an orphanage as they would receive large amounts of cash to provide the best care for the children that lived there, but unfortunately, the nuns spent almost nothing on the kids in their care. Instead, spending the money for themselves and becoming fairly rich in the process they saw looking after matthew and the other children as a necessary evil and made sure the kids knew how unloved and unwanted they were every day. Matthew’S fifth birthday passed and he began to fall into a depression. It’S not often that children, so young suffer from depression, but the way he was being treated by the nuns had driven him over the edge he stopped eating.
He stopped leaving his room and just tried his best to sleep for as long as he could. His skin started to turn pale and pasty from the lack of sunlight and his bones, and muscles grew weak and useless from the lack of use and the nun seemed absolutely fine to leave matthew to his fate. But one day everything changed when some visitors turned up alison and day were there to donate food and supplies to the orphanage. Usually they left their things and left, but it had been a long drive and alison needed to use the restroom. The nuns, under the guise of being nice and helpful, gave her directions to the nearest toilets and picked up the boxes of toys, clothes and food that had just been dropped off, wandering down the unusually quiet corridor.
Alison looked for the door marked toilet, but the more she walked the more she grew concerned that she hadn’t seen or even heard any children, no laughter, no playing or singing just silence. Curiosity got the better of her and she placed her hand on the door, handle slowly pushing it open to see what was behind it. What she saw was absolutely shocking. Matthew, barely looked up as his door. Creaked, open and in walked a lady she gasped and covered her mouth at the sight of the tiny emaciated five-year-old boy that was laying before her matthew croaked.
The word help and tried to reach out his arm, but the effort was too much and it fell back to the bed allison backed quickly out of the room in shock and horror at what she had just seen were all the children in the orphanage in such A terrible shape, unsure of what to do she reached for her phone and called the authorities rushing back to her husband at the entrance. She quietly told him what she had just witnessed. He was equally astounded by the lack of care that the nuns had shown to matthew and the other children within moments. Several police, cars and ambulances arrived their lights and sirens blaring a team went into the orphanage and found over 45 children all in a very similar state to poor matthew. They got rushed to the hospital as each and every nun was removed from the building and arrested, but the story doesn’t end there.
Nearly all of the children were eventually transferred to other, more reputable orphanages. That would look after them properly, but alison couldn’t stop thinking about that one boy she had seen matthew. She couldn’t get his cute face out of her head. Nor could she forget the horrific stay he was in as he laid on the bed after several long deep important discussions with her husband. They made a decision, one that would change matthew’s life for the better.
They decided to adopt him and raise him right once he was released from the hospital alison and dave started, going through the proper channels to adopt the boy, and several months later they were approved. Matthew was now part of their family walking into their house. He looked around, it was the polar opposite of the orphanage where the orphanage was cold. This house was warm where the orphanage had dark and moody colors. This house had bright colorful ones and where the orphanage smelled damp and was filled with an ominous silence.
This house, smelled of flowers and food and was filled with music and laughter he could grow, be loved and be happy and for the very first time in the longest time, matthew smiled, he was finally home. So now it’s over to you. What do you think of this harrowing story, and how would you have reacted if you were the people who discovered poor matthew in such horrible and squalid conditions be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.