TIME Magazine recently published an article telling the tale of the young boy who the world now knows as Pax Thien Jolie. According to TIME, Pax was abandoned as a newborn, "His mother gave birth and left immediately," Nguyen Van Trung, director of the orphanage. Signs were posted for 30 days trying to find the woman but no one turned up, so Pax was sent to the orphanage and a police report was made (standard practice in Vietnam). When Angelina Jolie applied to Vietnam through an agency asking for a healthy boy between ages 3 and 5, Pax happened to be the only one at Tam Binh orphanage who met the criteria. There were 31 other boys the same age, but all of them had relatives or were not healthy. Nguyen said,
Only Sang (Pax’s name in the orphanage) met the set criteria for adoption in general and her request, [Angelina] was lucky at the time she applied that there was this boy who met the request and criteria.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s national adoption director says that he prepared 10 other boys, including those at other orphanages, in response to Angelina’s original application and criteria. Pax will definitely be missed at the orphanage, most by his caretaker Ms. Tuyen. She commented on how Pax will be thought about, remembered and missed:
He was here, and now he’s gone, I’m very happy for him. I miss him and so I am sad — but we have other children to take care of. Everyone is sad since he’s left. We have mixed feelings — happy, proud of him, missing him. He’s very clever and I hope he has a good life. We just hope he will return to visit us. But we don’t know.
For now, Tuyen, and everyone else at the orphanage will be getting regular updates on the boy they grew to love and his new high profile life. The orphanage director said:
She is required to send a report every six months updating us about his health, mental development, hobbies — and a photo. It’s required for the first three years. After three years, it’s not required because we can see if the kids are being taken care of for the first three years so we can be assured they are in the good home.
After Angelina’s original visit to the orphanage in Novemeber and her visit most recently to pick up Pax, orphanage workers agree she will make a good mother for Pax and he will have a good future in America: "I think she’ll be a good mother to him, she already has the experience," said Ho Thi Kim Thoa.
Thanks to CBB reader Maya.