Baby Charlie was found abandoned on a truck bed when he was less than a week old, cold, damp, and hungry.
In 2017, a student heard him wailing and called 911, where the newborn was discovered at Meridian Apartments in Tallahassee, Florida.
He was taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and placed in a ward where Lorraine Nicholls, a respiratory therapist, works.
She explained, “I assessed his breathing, his, you know, oxygen.” “He was alright for the most part. He was cold, hungry, and drenched, yet he was well.”
Lorraine was building a special bond with adorable little Charlie as she cuddled him.
Lorraine, a stepmother to three children, and her husband of 20 years, Charles, had hoped to have their own children, but as a two-time breast cancer survivor, Lorraine had been waiting for her miracle for a long time.
Lorraine knew she was supposed to be Charlie’s mother the moment she held him, and he was taken to his new home with Lorraine and Charlie four days after he was discovered.
Lorraine had assisted in the raising of her stepchildren, but parenting a newborn was a very other experience. Lorraine and Charles only had a week to prepare for their new baby, although other mothers had nine months to prepare. But the couple’s prayers were finally answered, and it was all worth it.
Lorraine told the Tallahassee Democrat, “He just fills that void in my heart.” “I simply feel like I have everything I need and want, and I love being able to look after him.”
Lorraine, Charles, and their loved ones celebrated the great milestone of having this precious baby in their lives on May 6, 2018, one year after he was discovered. Lorraine’s first Mother’s Day as a mother was also on this day.
Lorraine hopes to persuade more people to think about adopting.
“It’s a fantastic, beautiful thing to adopt a child. “There are so many children who need someone to look after them and become their permanent family,” she explained.
Lorraine emphasized that being flawless is not a requirement for adoption.
“It means so much to me,” she continued, “it’s more than I could ever conceive or dream of.”