Miracles: A Baby Girl From Across the World

Posted February 18, 2011 from United States

A man who came home from war in Vietnam so scarred that his wife didn’t know him.

A mother of two whose doctor told her that if she got pregnant again, it would kill her.

A baby girl living in an orphanage in Saigon whose best chance for a good life lay in America.

This five pound baby whose identification bracelet is so small it fits my adult-size thumb like a ring, was strapped onto an airplane with some 300 other orphans and nurses to find her way to the promised land. The plane skidded through a rice paddy after taking off and burst into flames as it crashed, but this little fighter managed to survive.

An American businessman who opened his heart and his personal bank account to fly the survivors to the US despite the fact that they didn’t all have homes to go to.

The pilot who knew that his buddy from Vietnam was a good man with a wife who desperately wanted more children. He put in a call for help to see if they might who might agree to foster one of the children.

This is the story of a tiny baby girl, suffering from malnutrition and desperate for a family, who ended up bringing love to my mother, hope to my father that something good could come of the war, and a precious playmate to my brother and me. She has brought laughter, redemption, and a world of acceptance to our family and today she has her own little girl whose wide-eyed wonder at the world brings each one of us joy.

My Story: Miracles

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  • Siona
    Feb 23, 2011
    Feb 23, 2011

    What a beautiful story, and what a beautiful legacy. Thank you for sharing such a brilliant spark of hope.

  • pheebsabroad
    Feb 28, 2011
    Feb 28, 2011

    What a beautiful story of perseverance and hope. Thank you for sharing your family's joy and miracles!

  • Ruth Terry
    Mar 01, 2011
    Mar 01, 2011

    This story reads like a poem and captures the true essence of many miracles: they are the direct result of little individual choices people make to sow love, not have, and to put good into the world. Thank you for reminding us not to miss our window of opportunity to start a miraculous chain reaction through the seemingly small choices.


  • Kario
    Mar 02, 2011
    Mar 02, 2011

    Thank you so much! I appreciate your perspective.