By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sixteen-year-old Laejja has a big heart — she wants to help people. To do that, she wants to become a pediatrician.

“When I was little, my grandma — I used to live with my grandma and she always used to get sick,” Laejja says. “And it was to the point where I would know all her medicines by heart and stuff, because she would always get sick. And I was always the one that had to give her her asthma pump or the inhaler and stuff like that. Like, I always wanted to help her. I wanted to be a doctor at first, but then as I got older I fell in love with little kids, so then I’m like, why don’t I just help people and help kids at the same time — become a pediatrician?”

Laejja is looking for a forever family and she says she’s ready to let love into her heart.

“I don’t know, when you go places, you meet people and then you kind of keep a bond with them,” she says. “So no matter what that’s going to be your family regardless, because you became close to them. So, they’re always going to be there for you, so technically, that’s my family.”

(Larry Kane):  “So your family are your friends?

(Laejja):  “Yeah, it’s like all over. That’s my family.”

Now, Laejja is looking for someone to support her as she sets out on her career as a doctor.

For more information about adopting Laejja or any other “Wednesday’s Child,” go to the National Adoption Center’s web site,, or call 215-735-9988.

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