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THE ADOPTION OF MICHAEL OHER


Michael Oher was born in Memphis, TN. His dad was murdered and his mom a cocaine addict. He didn’t have a permanent address until he was 16 and went to 11 schools in 9 years. At the age of 16, he had a measured IQ of 80.


Michael was staying with a friend whose son was going to Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis. The friend decided he should go as well. While at the school, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuhoy, whose daughter went there, saw him. They also saw him again on Thanksgiving break. He was walking to the gym, even though he wasn’t on the team. He just wanted to stay warm. They took him into their home, and he lived there for most of his high school career.


The Tuhoys owned about 60 Taco Bell franchises. One day they went into Michael’s room and found a bunch of food stashed in his room. He was stashing food because he was accustomed to not knowing where his next meal was coming from. They told him he could go into any one of their restaurants and get something any time he wanted.


By the way, Michael was the first-round draft-pick of the Baltimore Ravens.

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