By Carla Pomerantz, Associated PressThis article was originally published on January 18, 2018.
It was not the end of the journey for Carla’s son, Luke.
On Jan. 23, he and his wife, Carla, returned to their house in California to find a new home had been built.
Luke, now 21, had been in the United States since he was a toddler.
He arrived in Los Angeles with his mother, Marisa, after he was born in March 2018.
He had never met his father and never had much contact with him, but they had been married for five years.
They had met through an online dating app, Tinder, and had become good friends.
They got married the next year and moved to the United Kingdom.
Luke had lived in the U.K. for years and spent much of his time there studying and playing music.
But his parents had always told him to return to Australia because of the health problems he had.
Luke says he was nervous about coming back.
His parents had never told him how much they had struggled.
Carla says they had no idea how hard it would be to move back to Australia.
They were both concerned about Luke’s health, too.
Cara had suffered a stroke while Luke was growing up.
He needed extensive medical treatment and spent weeks at a hospital.
In February 2018, Cara underwent surgery and Luke’s father, Brian, suffered a seizure and passed away.
The couple returned to Australia, with Luke living with them for three years and Carla with him for five.
Carla said she was concerned about her son, but didn’t think it was a bad thing.
Luke has been an inspiration to others.
She said Luke is “just a great guy” and “just always has a smile on his face.”
She said he was always the happiest person in the world.
“We’re happy for him, we’re very proud of him,” she said.