Texas girl adopts baby found in dumpster

SAN MARCOS, Texas – A college-age student from Texas who dropped out of school to adopt an abandoned baby found in a dumpster in Haiti has shared his story.

More than four years ago, Jimmy Amisial traveled to Haiti during the Christmas season. He went to see his family and bring gifts for children from an orphanage. On his way to the orphanage, he came across a little boy crying without clothes in a dumpster and being eaten by fire ants.

Amisial said neither the mother nor the father could be found. He said many locals who encountered the baby, now named Emilio, would avoid the child as they believed he was cursed or had “an evil spirit”.

“They were so blinded by the intensity of the magical ritual…he had no clothes on and was in excruciating pain. I proceed with nervous energy to get him out. I had to do what I do when no one else wanted to do it,” Amisial said in its GoFundMe fundraiser.

Amisial later said he was asked to become Emilio’s legal guardian. Despite being confused and having sleepless nights thinking about his decision, he chose to become Emilio’s caregiver. This decision even excited him despite having no knowledge of the adoption process or what it means to become a parent.

Jimmy Amisial GoFundMe

“I learned that in life ‘if you keep thinking about the things you can’t do, it will feed your fear and starve your faith’. I took courage and stood firm to carry the cross … it hasn’t been easy, but it’s been a blessing. One thing I know is that you can never go wrong when choosing love,” he said of of this decision.

Mother Amisial helped care for Emilio while Amisial tried to continue his college education at Texas State University. However, due to financial difficulties, he dropped out of school to find a job and care for Emilio full-time, he said.

Since his rescue more than four years ago, Emilio has completed his second year of school and begins his third in September. Emilio started Spanish first and will start learning English this year.

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Jimmy Amisial GoFundMe

Amisial said in an update Thursday that it had surpassed its original goal of $60,000. The threshold has been increased so that he can continue to fund the adoption process. With the remaining funds, he plans to pay off his student loans and donate to the Haitian orphanage he attends.

“I am completely overwhelmed by your love and generosity in supporting me on this journey… I am touched by your expression of love and support. Your generosity and contributions will make a big difference in the lives of others,” said he declared. in an update on Monday.

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