Our expert says:
Wow has a point ! If an illness is terminal, then by definition you don't recover from it. Presumably these were serious illnesses, where it was feared they might not recover, but the fortunately did ?
You don't mention the child's age, but at any age statements and appearances of chronic unhappiness need to be taken seriously. And sadly, it sounds as though the biomother is most unfortunately involving her child in her bitter sniping against the father, which won't benefit her own cause, whatever that is, but will harm her child.
There can be various causes for a child being sad, or even depressed, and the best person to assess this and advise on treating or managing it, would be a child psychiatrist
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