Mom Left Her Newborn Daughter At A Fire Station. 12 Years Later, The Girl Wants To Find Her To Say "Thank You"
A dozen years ago, a young woman left her newborn daughter at a fire station in Westminster, Colorado. On a cold February evening, she and her partner knocked on the door of the station. Then, she handed their baby to two firefighters without any explanations and went away.
"Out on this side of the door there was just a couple there and they handed me a baby," resembles Tom O’Neill, a then engineer of the fire station.
Though surrendering a baby is legal in Colorado, according to Safe Haven law, O'Neill was shocked. He immediately called a paramedic, and the newborn girl was rushed to a nearby hospital. Although the "Haven baby" was abandoned by her biological parents, she was quickly adopted by a new family. Julie and John Burke, a couple who had fertility problems, happily embraced the beautiful baby girl, who they named Halle.
Julie and John never hid Halle's history. The girl has always known that another woman gave birth to her and dropped her off at the fire station. And here's how she reacts to it:
When I hear that story, I always think of hope. I always think that I am going to find my tummy mommy before it’s too late.
Now, the 12-year-old wants to meet her "tummy mommy." Firstly, she wants to see if they look alike and secondly, she wants to thank her. She has already met the firefighters who saved her life and expressed her thanks. But what for does she want to thank a woman who surrendered her after birth? Again, the child has a wise explanation:
Because there’s a lot of women, people, who are afraid to have babies, and when they do, they make bad choices about it, but my tummy mommy made a really, really good choice.
Halle and her family are doing their best to find her biological mother. But Halle says her "tummy mommy" may be the first who'll call for a reunion. The girl hopes that she sees a book called “Fire Station Baby,” written by Julie, her adoptive mother, who has recently welcomed two more kids into the Burke family.
“I bet she would think, ‘Wow, that’s my daughter,’” Halle laughs.
Let's hope this smart and beautiful child reunite with her mother one day and say everything she wants to say.