Orphan girl from Thailand rejects Kim Kardashian’s offer to adopt her

teenager from a children’s home in a poverty-stricken region of
Thailand made an astonishing decision to turn down an offer from reality
TV star Kim Kardashian to adopt her into a life of wealth and glamour overseas.

The level-headed 13-year-old called Pink
said she shook with excitement when she heard the multi-millionaire
wanted to adopt her, but insisted she wanted to study in Thailand
instead then help her impoverished homeland and the orphans she has
grown up with.
The girl with a sunny smile stole
Kim’s heart when she visited the ramshackle children’s home in
Thailand’s Phang Nga province, a region where more than 4,000 people
perished in the 2004 tsunami.
Pink, whose real name is Laddawan Tong-Keawan
is outstanding scholar whose mother sent her to the home because she
was too poor to care for her and fund her education. She immediately
bonded with Kim and gave her a bracelet in a visit in April filmed for
her hit show Keeping Up with The Kardashians.
After the visit, Kim declared on camera:
‘When you meet someone that you
really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could
change their life. And I think that looking into adoption would be
I literally cannot stop thinking
about her. I told (husband) Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so
sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.’
She then appeared to abandon the
idea after being chided by her mother for treating adoption like a
shopping trip and then told by her resort manager that adopting children
from Thailand is ‘very, very difficult’.
But Mail Online found that Pink was
taken aside and told by the home’s supervisors about Kim’s adoption wish
in the show which went out in August and, although delighted at the
offer, immediately said a polite but firm ‘no’.
Recalling her meeting with Kim – who was
so smitten with the teenager she visited the home twice – Pink admitted
she and the other children had no idea who Kim was when she first
arrived. Pink who shares a basic dormitory room with mattresses on
the floor with five other girls at the Home and Life Foundation in
Phang Nga, said:
‘When I found out she wanted to adopt me, I was shaking. I was so excited. It would be such a change of life for me. 
Everyone wants to have a different
or a better life, I suppose. But when I thought about it I realised it
wouldn’t be good for me, because I would have to leave so much behind. I
wasn’t ready for that.
I thought she was lovely and I really enjoyed meeting her – and I loved being on TV too. 
When she came here, it seemed as if I
was the first one she looked at and smiled at. We had a connection
straight away. I think she is really pretty and she has a very nice
Do you think if the plan had pulled through it would have been wise for Pink to turn Kim down?
'I want this one!': In an August episode of Keeping. She , and called husband Kayne West about adopting herRead more: us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookSpecial bond: Kim said she had developed a special bond with Pink, adding 'I’m really impressed with how happy these kids are with you know, so little of what they have''It makes me so sad': Kim described how visiting the orphanage had left her feeling deeply emotional, and orphanage bosses told Pink that Kim had offered to adopt her Caring home: Pink shares her bedroom, pictured above, with five other girls and spends 12 hours a day out of the home either at school or travelling there

Poverty stricken but determined: Pink, 13, who Kim Kardashian wanted to adopt with younger children she helps look after at the children's home in Phang Nga, Thailand
Pink with other kids at the orphanage

This story was reported exclusively by MailOnline

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