Autistic Child Nadia Bloom Found

Jeanne Sager

Photo from Help Find My Child
Nadia Bloom was missing for four days in an alligator infested-area of Florida, but the child with autism was found today by a member of her church. 

Now for the best news of all -- she's alive! And according to ABC News, suffering from no more than some bug bites and dehydration.


Who couldn't use some good news on a Tuesday?

Kids gone missing stories always hit me in the gut -- more so since I gave birth -- but Nadia Bloom's story has been particularly harrowing in light of her Asperger's diagnosis.

Midway through Autism Awareness Month, I've been following tweets and Facebook statuses for weeks from friends with autistic kids and strangers with autistic kids, and their stories are both heartbreaking and gripping.

I can't look away.

Much like I couldn't look away from the story of Nadia, the 11-year-old who was last seen Friday at her Florida home.

Come on, tell me you don't do constant updates on this sort of thing -- you have that "it could be my kid" feeling in the pit of your stomach and run home when the work day is done to give your child an extra big hug.

Call it empathy. Call it over-involvement. You can even call it pathetic, but I'm a nut until I hear these kids are OK.

I'll be hugging my daughter when she walks in the door from pre-school today, that's for sure. But I'll be doing it with a smile on my face.

Have you been following the search for Nadia?

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