Sept. 3, 2011 - Montgomery, AL - Nola Sayne tops off her gas tank in Kennesaw, Georgia for the 150-mile drive to Montgomery, Alabama, every three weeks to visit her 24 -year-old son Zach. She knows he's happy to see her by the momentary flicker of recognition she sees in his eyes when she enters his room a the skilled-care nursing facility. The one-story, unassuming brick building next to a church has been his home since he was 10 years old. ''I was a single mother. Zach was born with cerebral palsy. He couldn't walk or talk, and he takes round-the-clock care,'' she explained. ''I could lift

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Sept. 3, 2011 - Montgomery, AL - Nola Sayne tops off her gas tank in Kennesaw, Georgia for the 150-mile drive to Montgomery, Alabama, every three weeks to visit her 24 -year-old son Zach. She knows he's happy to see her by the momentary flicker of recognition she sees in his eyes when she enters his room a the skilled-care nursing facility. The one-story, unassuming brick building next to a church has been his home since he was 10 years old. ''I was a single mother. Zach was born with cerebral palsy. He couldn't walk or talk, and he takes round-the-clock care,'' she explained. ''I could lift and carry him when he was small. But when he was ten and his weight increased, I just couldn't do it anymore,'' she said. She was unable to locate any facility in the Atlanta are that would take her son, and eventually placed him in a 50-bed nursing home for children three hours away.''I have grieved many, many years. There are some people who still look at me oddly when I explain that my child is in a nursing home, like they don't approve. But is was the best place for Zach,'' she said. PICTURED: Her hand on Zach's head, Nola prepares to say goodbye. (Credit Image: © Robin Nelson/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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