MOTHER’S DAY: First church experience for daughter & birth mother


It has been a Mother’s Day to remember for young Isabella Hope Odom. 

Isabella is six years old and is under the care of her adoptive parents, Angie and Earl Odom. 

But today, young “Bella” was able to spend time with her birth mother, Starla, at First Church of God in Elizabethton. 

This is the first time Bella was able to be with her birth mother, not inside of a nursing home. 

Bella’s birth mom has been in a vegetative state from a drug overdose in 2012. She was eight weeks pregnant Bella at that time. 

At this time, Bella’s birth mother can’t see, talk, walk or eat. 

Angie Odom is the legal conservator and has cared for the birth mother before DCS brought Bella to her home. 

Angie and Earl adopted Bella Hope but still choose to take care of Starla as apart of their family. 

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