From a mom who knows: Your call can save an abused child's life

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Govi Eastwood is now 9 years old.

Two and half years ago, he was found starved close to death in a scorching attic in DeSoto, Kan.

Today, he lives with his adoptive mother Stacy, adoptive dad Joe, and his four brothers and sisters. He's doing well.

But Stacy wants everyone to know how a concerned citizen -- who was persistent -- saved Govi's life.

"Act on your feelings -- whether it's anonymous or public," Stacy said. "You can be the voice for them and give them the help."

"Make phone calls. If you don't get the answers you're looking for, just keep making phone calls ... keep reaching out to try to help these children," she continued.

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Stacy knows raising a child with special needs is difficult. Govi has Down syndrome. There are challenges, along with rewards -- just like with any child. But Stacy says it's okay to admit you need help.

"There are resources for parents with children with special needs. Humble yourself and know that you can't do it all by yourself," she said. "Reach out."

To read more about Govi's story, click here.

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