How many times have we heard this sickening story before: a newborn baby tossed out into the world, not into the loving arms of new parents, but stuffed into a toilet, left in the woods, or -- in the worst case, but all too familiar scenario -- found inside a trash bag in a garbage container. That's what happened to this infant boy, whose mother (or someone else, but likely the mom) didn't want him. Instead of giving him a chance at life by leaving him at a hospital, fire station, or other safe haven, she tossed him out like a day-old bagel. But ... for the miracle. The boy was found alive! And he was found thanks to some teens playing the area.
The baby was found in the trash dumpster behind a building in Jersey City. Building superintendent Arturo Rivas said that normally he stops teens from playing in that area, but this day he didn't, and they heard cries and saw something moving in the trash. The teen boys alerted Arturo's wife, Rebecca Womers, who rushed to the scene to find the horror there. She said:
I opened the bag from the bottom and it still had the umbilical cord attached.
The baby had been born premature. She said she cleaned him and noticed he was still breathing as she waited for an ambulance to arrive. Arturo said of the boys who found the newborn: "Thank god they were back there."
Well, here's what we can do here: We can rail against the mother, presumably some heartless or terrified young woman who did not want her baby, and did not care if it lived or died in a trash bag inside a trash pile.
And this is what this child will know: That he was thrown away like trash. Literally. What will this do to him?
Or, we can look at it this way. This baby got away from his mother, and whatever situation she was in that made her do this. He got away from it so early, he won't be scarred by any of it.
The teens found him -- teens that normally wouldn't have been playing near there, because the fates wanted him to be found. Some would call it God. Some luck. Some the universe. Some destiny.
This baby had the great fortune to be able to escape a bad situation and be found alive. Now he will have plenty of opportunity in this life with a new family. (Please do not tell me he will go back to mom if she is found.)
This is what I hope this child knows of his situation. That he's special.
What do you think of this situation?
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