New York Times: “Uncertainty for an Orphan Claimed in Two Adoptions “

Thanks to Bob for the news tip –

Uncertainty for an Orphan Claimed in Two Adoptions

Published: October 12, 2007

In the summer of 2003, an heiress with a flamboyant lifestyle decided to devote herself to saving Cambodian orphans.

While she was in Cambodia, starting an orphanage on the Mekong River, she became enchanted with a toddler known as Rath Chan — “rath” means “orphan” in Cambodian.

Now Rath Chan, renamed William, is caught in a dispute between the heiress, Elizabeth Ross Johnson, and Lionel Bissoon, a celebrity weight-loss doctor with whom she was having an affair. They are no longer a couple, but both claim to have legally adopted the child.