A 27-year-old is opening up about how he is adopting a child he found in a trash can in Haiti.
In 2017, Jimmy Amisial was a college student attending Texas State University. He was visiting his hometown in Haiti, going to volunteer at an orphanage, when he found a four-month-old baby in a trash can. The baby boy was tragically left to die and covered in ants.
Jimmy made the courageous decision to take the baby home to his 66-year-old mother, Elicie Jean. The two of them cleaned and fed the baby before seeking medical attention and reporting the abandoned infant to the Haitian police. The parents were never found.
“When I woke up that day, I was totally unaware that my life was about to change forever,” Jimmy said.
“People were crowding round this bin, and I heard them arguing about what to do with this tiny baby. Everyone was just staring at him– not a single soul wanted to help. He was crying and had no clothes on, and I could see the pain in his eyes. I had to do something.”
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A judge asked Jimmy if he would become a legal guardian for the baby named Emilio.
“When I was asked to raise him, I stayed awake for days tossing and turning, trying to make a decision,” Jimmy said. “I was already behind on my university fees, and my family has always struggled to make ends meet. But I didn’t have a dad growing up, and this poor child was facing a lifetime of instability and uncertainty. Something inside was telling me that this had happened for a reason, so I took a leap of faith.”
Jimmy now shares guardianship of Emilio with his mother in Haiti and is now seeking funds to adopt the now four-year-old boy and officially become his dad.
“It’s been an incredible journey, and watching him grow up has been so rewarding. I’m very proud of him,” the 27-year-old man said. “I truly do feel like a father, and I’m excited to put pen to paper and make Emilio my son—I just need to raise the money first.”
You can donate funds for Emilio’s adoption via GoFund Me.
We wish them the best!