Filipino adoptive child unaccounted for after typhoon found

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A child that we first told you about last week, unaccounted for in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit has been found.

The Charlotte family set to adopt her was out of the country on a mission trip when it happened and just learned about the disaster this week. Randy and Nancy Martin have spent the last two years trying to adopt a child. They even renovated their house to make room for a new addition.

"First we got our home ready. We didn't have enough room," said mom Nancy Martin.

Their soon-to-be daughter, Little K, was the only one of nine children matched with families in Charlotte through The Christian Adoption Services agency, who was missing after Typhoon Haiyan hit.

It happened while the Martins were on a mission trip in Kenya, with no access to Internet or communication with the states. Eyewitness News covered the story with hopes to raise awareness.

"It was our little girl and we had no idea what was going on. When I started receiving the emails from our adoption agency and then when I got online and found your news story, I sat in my office, just shaking and crying," Nancy Martin said.

Little K lived on the island hit the hardest near Tacloban City. She was found this weekend and transported to Manila, the capitol of the Philippines.

Knowing she could have been hurt was heartbreaking to her future parents who haven't even met her. It's only been through pictures from her profile online that they've learned about her. They've also sent her a scrap book with pictures of their family, their house and her room.

"It's amazing that you can have this much love for someone you haven't even met," said Randy Martin.

Little K was set to come to the United States early next year but now The Embassy is working to fast track her Visa. We're told she could be here by Christmas, and the Martins are ready.

"She already has a personality in our minds and in our hearts. Gosh, we're just looking forward to finally knowing more about her," Nancy Martin said.