Twenty years ago, in October 1995, a newborn baby girl was found thrown in a dumpster in a suburb of Chicago, NBC Chicago reports.
Gerald Rocky Hyatt, a construction worker, was dropping off the last load of trash from a construction site when he heard the slightest whimper coming from a double-knotted, white kitchen bag.Image Credit: Screenshot/NBC Chicago
She was brought to the hospital and named Mary Grace by the nurses who cared for her. Later, Mary Grace was adopted by Sandi Hill and became Morgan Hill.
However, Morgan, now a young woman, never knew just how special her story was until about two years ago.
“I have known I was adopted my entire life,” Morgan tells NBC Chicago. “But two years ago I found the full story, and I have been trying to find that construction worker ever since.”
Her adopted mom kept a binder full of newspaper clippings chronicling Morgan’s story over the years, but Morgan never knew of the binder’s existence until her high school graduation.Image Credit: Screenshot/NBC Chicago
Sandi could barely get out everything she had been waiting so long to tell Morgan, so she just sat her daughter down with the binder and had her read every article clipping she’s ever saved.
On April 20th of this year, Sandi added another page to that binder.Image Credit: Screenshot/NBC Chicago
The news team at KHSB reports they helped Morgan track down her “guardian angel”, the construction worker who found her, and scheduled a meeting between the two.
“I broke into tears and the first thing I said was, ‘Thank you,’” Hill remembers. “[Gerald] said to me, ‘Baby girl, you are so loved.’”
During the meeting, Gerald gave Sandi a group photo of him and the nurses holding Morgan for her binder. He then gave Morgan the gold angel pin he received for saving her life.Image Credit: Screenshot/NBC Chicago
Sandi thanked Gerald for giving him the daughter she’d always wanted. He says it wasn’t him—but God—who brought them together.
Morgan admits she hasn’t taken the pin off since.Image Credit: Screenshot/NBC Chicago
The 20-year-old says she can’t thank Gerald enough for a second chance at life, and she hopes her story can help moms who don’t think they can handle a child—she is proof that there are people willing to help.