@ Classickat: Well, Rita Stone told that story for a fat check and some brief publicity. As for Jerry, Patti and Joe Stabile's silence about it: I think it was just an almost adoption that did not go through. I assume the truth lies somewhere in the story about the biological mother changing her mind. I don't think they were necessarily being secretive; there was simply nothing more to tell. And the fact that Patti at that time was not having more children was probably a touchy topic. It would be interesting if Gary could/would say something. He was old enough at the time to have some memory of what really happened. I wonder if Rick Saphire's upcoming book will touch on this topic.
Here's another one with the theory of the daughter having MD written in 1985. I found it on an ended eBay listing and unfortunately it didn't include the full articles in the previews. In the second one, you see the photo of Jerry and Patti with baby Scott, so I'm a little sceptic as I hope they didn't write that that is supposedly Sally Mae. It's hard to tell when you can't read the whole thing.
@ Jessica Those are the articles that I have. Isn't it just TOO MUCH a coincidence that a baby that Jerry and Patti want to adopt has THE EXACT affliction that Jerry (and Dean too at that time) were asking for donations for research? That is another reason why I just cannot buy the story that the girl had MD and that's why the adoption agency demanded her back.
I still think IF there is anything to the adoption story at all, then it is more probable and believable that the mother changed her mind. But it's another of the many secrets in Jerry's life that he took to the grave.
It's a miracle he made it to 91 with 3 1/2 hrs sleep a night. lol
If he had continued like that, he would not have made it to 91, or even 81. He credited Sam with keeping him alive, and I think once she was in his life to stay, she saw to it that he got his rest, took his medication, etc.