On April 20th, 20-year-old Morgan Hill was united with the man who saved her life. Hill was an infant when a construction worker recovered her from a dumpster in Hoffman Estates, Illinois back in 1995, according to NBC 5 Chicago.
Hill described the incident to WMAQ: “He was dropping off the last load of trash from the construction area he was working on. Before he dropped it in, he heard a whimper. He found a white kitchen bag that was double knotted.”
Construction worker Gerald Rocky Hyatt was throwing away trash when he heard something and looked inside the dumpster, according to NBC’s Today Show. A concerned Hyatt took the baby girl to the hospital where the nurses named her Mary Grace, according to the report. It wasn’t long before the little girl was adopted by the Hill family, and her name was changed to Morgan.
After discovering the miraculous story about her life, Hill decided to find and thank the man who saved her. KSHB helped the young woman in her touching quest. On April 20, she finally met her hero.
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After meeting Hyatt, Hill broke down in tears. According to the report, Hyatt gave her an angel pin that he received as an award for saving her life. Hill spoke about the touching moment: “I broke into tears and the first thing I said was, ‘Thank you’ He said to me, ‘Baby girl, you are so loved.’”
This story is a beautiful reminder that every life is precious and full of potential. Doubtlessly a difficult situation drove Hill’s mother to abandon her that day, but there were kind people ready to love and care for her. Her story is evidence that every child is valuable and wanted by someone.
Hill described her immense gratitude for her rescuer: “I could not thank him enough. He gave me a chance to live a second life. Because if he didn’t find me, I would not be here to help others and show soon-to-be mothers that there are so many options out there and you don’t have to throw your baby away.”
One of those options are safe havens, which allow women in crisis to abandon their newborns in a safe environment such as a hospital, fire station or police station without questions or repercussions. All 50 states have safe haven laws, which have helped to save thousands of babies’ lives.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-877-796-HOPE or go to www.SafeHavenLaw.com.