Deposited in a refuge box, a baby is adopted by his rescuer: "It was God who helped us"


"I picked her up and held her. We made eye contact, and that was it. I've loved her ever since."

In Florida, a baby abandoned in a shelter box was adopted by the Ocala firefighter, who had rescued her six months earlier.

The firefighter, who chose to remain anonymous, was on watch when the Safety Heaven Baby Box alarm sounded on Jan. 5.

“To be honest, I thought it was a false alarm,” he told Today. But there was a baby in the shelter box. She was healthy, wrapped in a pink blanket.

"I picked her up and held her. We made eye contact, and that was it. I've loved her ever since," he continues.

After more than 10 years tried in vain to know a child with his wife, the firefighter sees in it the hand of God. “The way I found her... It was God helping us,” he says in tears.

The firefighter lets the one who will be called Zoey go to the hospital by slipping a little note. "I explained that my wife and I had been trying for 10 years for a baby. I told them that we had finished all our courses in the state of Florida and were registered to adopt," he says. "All we needed was a child."

Then he tells his wife about it.

"My biggest fear was that the note I wrote wouldn't stay with Zoey and she was gone. It was a very stressful few days."

Six months later, the firefighter and his wife have just received the agreement and adopt Zoey.

"I think it's very respectable what she did," Zoey's adoptive mother says of her birth mother, "we really felt in our hearts that we wanted to let the birth mother know of one way or another that she is safe and happy and very much loved."


Image: Courtesy of Zoey's family

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