An infant was found abandoned in the back of a pickup truck one morning. But as fate would have it, within one week’s time, the baby boy was living in a caring and loving home.
Barely one week old, baby Charlie was abandoned in the back of a pickup truck in a parking lot at the Meridian Apartments on High Road, Tallahassee, Florida.
The baby’s cries alerted a college student, and he was eventually discovered on May 6, 2017, around 8:30 a.m.
Temperatures were 49 degrees Fahrenheit (9 Celsius) that morning, but Charlie was wearing only a short-sleeve onesie. Cold and shivering, he was rushed to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
As fate would have it, Lorraine Nichols, a respiratory therapist, was working in the ER when Charlie arrived at the hospital that day. She checked his vitals and found Charlie was in a stable condition despite being out in the frigid weather.
“My heart just went out to him,” Nichols told Tallahassee Democrat.
Nichols felt an instant connection and bond with Charlie when she held the infant in her arms.
Nichols, who is unable to bear a child of her own, had longed to experience motherhood. Although she raised three stepchildren, the desire to nurture and care for a newborn is something she always felt. In her heart, she knew she wanted to adopt Charlie.
Prior to meeting Charlie, the Nichols were already considering adoption and had completed the vetting process.
“Adoption is a wonderful, wonderful thing. There’s so many kids out there that need someone to take care of them and become their forever family,” Nichols told USA Today.
With her husband’s support, four days later, Nichols brought Charlie home, and eight months later in January 2018, the Nichols officially became his parents.
With Charlie, the Nichols had a wonderful and memorable Christmas in 2017.
“This is my Christmas gift,” Nichols said as she looked at Charlie.
The Nichols and Charlie were lucky to have found one another.
“And it’s all God’s plan. I just really believe that, and I tell him that all of the time,” Nichols said.
Watch Charlie’s story in the video below:
Source: Tallahassee Democrat.
She was married at age 10 & later abandoned by husband—today she’s a mother to 1,400 orphans