A Texas State University student is about to officially adopt a baby he rescued from the trash.
Jimmy Amisial, 27, said he “took a leap of faith” when he decided to start the adoption process for baby Emilio in 2018. The couples’ paths crossed in their native Haiti, where Mr. Amisial had visited his family. for Christmas, Fox2 reported.
Mr Amisial said he found Emilio, now four, in a dumpster, abandoned and covered in fire ants as he returned from an orphanage where he was volunteering. Locals were afraid to approach the baby because they feared Emilio would be cursed, Mr Amisial told Fox8.
“They thought the baby was cursed or had an evil spirit. They were so blinded by the intensity of [a] magic ritual widespread in Haiti. He had no clothes and was in excruciating pain,” Amisial wrote in the description of a GoFundMe he set up to help cover adoption costs.
After rescuing Emilio, the communications major at Texas State University was asked to be his legal guardian. Since then, Mr. Amisial has worked tirelessly to provide for his son, who is cared for by his mother in Haiti.
Mr. Amisial is now close to finalizing the adoption process thanks to more than a thousand donors who have raised $72,000 to help bring Emilio to the United States.
“Even though I didn’t know how I was going to take care of him, I took a leap of faith by saying yes,” Mr. Amisial told Fox2.
“Every time he talks to me he says ‘oh dad I need this, I need this. I need a tablet, buy me a bike’; he has someone to where to go to ask for things, and I’m very proud of that.
Mr. Amisial said he was very confused at first but managed to become Emilio’s best dad.
“My mind was restless and kept me awake for days thinking about what to do. 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,” Amisial wrote on the GoFundMe page.
He had to take time off from school to work, but said he was looking forward to finishing his education. Although the process was not easy, having Emilio in his life was a blessing, Amisial said.
“One thing I know is that you can never go wrong when you choose love. It’s those divine moments and interventions to show love, clarity, and show the world that we can do better. I am happy to have the opportunity to transform his life abandoned in the Trash into a wonderful TREASURE”, he also wrote.
Mr. Amisial’s story has touched thousands of people across the country and the world, who have shown an outpouring of support for Emilio’s future official legal guardian. Mr Amisial told Fox2 he plans to use the money raised to finalize the adoption and further his education.