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Published February 26, 2010, 03:14 PM

Fergus Falls family welcomes 2-year-old from Haiti

Fergus Falls, Minn. (WDAY TV) - On his first day in a new home, Reece Thacker is learning what it's like to have a houseful of brothers, sisters and toys. The Thackers welcomed the two year old to Fergus Falls after a frustrating, long 4-day nightmare in Haiti.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

After his first night in Minnesota, Reece Thacker was all about playtime. He and his mother Sarah, finally in the states after a week of red tape and delays, trying to get out of Haiti.

“It is a little bit surreal. Those 5 days seemed like 5 months. I told my husband it is like it was so long.”

Sarah was not only bringing Reece home, but escorting 5 other children to families waiting in Florida. An angry mob in Haiti alleging child trafficking changed everything. The babies were taken from Sarah, even though the adoptions were arranged long before the earthquake.

“I had to really constantly be choosing faith and hope instead of being afraid.”

But today, it's all behind them. Three brothers and a sister welcomed him to not just a new house, but a warm home.

“He likes to play and run around and ride in the truck and he laughs a lot.”

It will take some adjusting. Reece has never worn a coat, and doesn't want to. Sock and shoes are new, as are blankets on a bed. Winter in Fergus Falls will change all that.

The Thackers say Senator Amy Kloubachar was instrumental in getting the problem resolved, and even had a Minnesota businessman provide a 10-passenger jet to fly all the children and Sarah to the states.