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October 26, 2021

Train Driver Finds Abandoned Baby on the Rails, Days Later Mom Shows Up – Story of the Day

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Alex and his wife Vanessa desperately wanted a baby, but they couldn’t get pregnant. One day at work, Alex discovered an abandoned baby on the train tracks and decided to bring her home. But then the baby's mother showed up to their surprise. 

Alex met Vanessa when he was 29 years old and she was 27 after a chance encounter at work. He had just finished his shift driving trains in New York and spotted her on the platform. She was busy reading a book and didn’t notice when a thief approached her.

Alex yelled, and Vanessa resisted when the criminal grabbed her purse. But he took a knife and stabbed her side. Alex wanted to run and catch him, but he stayed and covered Vanessa’s wound instead. He also got on the ambulance with her.

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Alex never imagined someone would leave a baby on the train tracks. | Source: Shutterstock

She was scared and alone. “If I don’t make it, can you call my mother? Tell her all my banking information is saved on my computer. She can keep everything,” Vanessa pleaded with Alex, who was still just a stranger to her.

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But Alex didn’t let her continue. “You’re going to recover from this! You are young and strong. You can do this,” he said vehemently while holding her hand. Luckily, the doctors patched her up and said that she would have a full recovery.

Alex visited Vanessa every day at the end of his shift after that, and they got to know each other. They started dating when she was discharged and married a year later, as their dreams aligned perfectly.  

They began trying for a baby because they wanted a big family. Unfortunately, Vanessa couldn’t get pregnant. When they visited the OBGYN, the doctor revealed her past injury would make it almost impossible for her to have children and offered several other options such as surrogacy or adoption if they wanted to start a family.

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Vanessa went to therapy and dealt with her trauma. | Source: Pexels

“Darling, I think we have to contemplate these options. There are different ways to have a family, and there’s a kid out there without any parents waiting for us,” Alex tried to persuade his wife days after their visit to the doctor.

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“I don’t want to talk about that right now,” she answered sullenly. She remained detached for several days, but Alex needed her to talk.

“Honey, we should go to a therapist. You need some help to heal from this news, and it’ll be great for us in the long run,” he suggested. Vanessa agreed because she had not dealt with the trauma of the robbery and how it caused her infertility.

It seemed to work. She opened up to the therapist and seemed happier. But one day, Vanessa finally came out with the truth. “The reason I’ve been so detached is that I think we should get a divorce, and you should find a woman who can give you kids.”

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Alex spotted something on the tracks and hit the brakes immediately. | Source: Pexels

“WHAT?!” Alex shouted unexpectedly. “No way! I don’t want another woman. If you don’t want children at all, that’s fine. But I love you! I want you! You’re my wife! We are a family whether we have kids or not.”

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Vanessa smiled and cried in his arms that night. After several more months of therapy, they both settled into a life without kids. Years went by, and their love never wavered. They doted on their nieces and nephews while enjoying their own little family.

Alex was 40 years old when everything changed. He was still a train driver and was reaching his last stop of the day when he spotted a baby on the tracks. “OH MY GOD!” he yelled and hit the brakes hard. Luckily, he wasn’t going too fast in the first place.

People only noticed the baby when they saw how abruptly the train stopped. Alex got out of the locomotive and grabbed the child. It was a girl, around five months old. He couldn’t believe someone had left their baby in the middle of the train tracks.

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Janice advised them what to do to foster the baby. | Source: Pexels

No one on the platform had any idea where the baby came from. Authorities checked the CCTV and saw a hooded man laying the baby on the rails when no one was looking. But he left promptly, and there was no way to identify him because he didn’t buy a train ticket.

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The police called CPS, which instructed for the baby to be brought to the hospital first. Alex asked what hospital and then went home to pick up Vanessa. She didn’t know what was going on but followed him.

They got to the hospital and talked with the social worker, Janice. “How is the baby?” Alex asked her. Vanessa frowned at him, as she still had no idea what was going on.

Janice looked at him and answered, “Oh, the doctors said she’ll be fine. Babies are surprisingly sturdy.”

Alex finally explained to Vanessa what happened at the train station, and she knew why he had brought them there. “Janice, is the baby going to an orphanage? Can we be her foster home instead?” she asked.

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They cherished the baby, but it was not for long. | Source: Pexels

“Oh, I see. You’ll have to take a class, fill out paperwork, and be approved. But it’s doable, especially since your husband managed to save that baby by stopping the train on time,” Janice answered. She took the baby while the couple made arrangements to bring her home.

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After two weeks of inspections and going to class, Janice signed her approval and gave them the baby. “She doesn’t have a name, and we have yet to find any registry of her,” the social worker revealed.

“That’s ok. We’ll call her Miracle in the meantime,” Vanessa replied and said goodbye to Janice. For one week, they were happy to parent the baby girl. But then the police called and told them that the mother had been found.

Vanessa was reluctant. “She left her baby with a man who left her on the train tracks to die,” she pouted.

“Honey, we don’t know what happened. What if that man stole her baby, and she has been desperately searching for her for weeks,” Alex added reasonably.

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Amira looked away from the stroller for a few seconds, and the child was gone. | Source: Pexels

“You’re right,” she agreed. They went to the station and met the baby’s mother, Amira, who rushed to them in tears.

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“Thank you! Thank you so much! My baby! You saved her!” the woman cried. Vanessa handed Miracle over, and the woman sobbed even more while looking at the infant. Alex asked what happened, and Amira revealed that a man had stolen her baby.

“I was at the grocery store with my stroller, and I kneeled in the dairy section to grab milk. It was two seconds tops, I swear. But when I looked back at the stroller, Dalia was gone!” Amira explained through tears. "Even the police have no idea what the motive was."

"Some criminals rarely have a motive. They are just psychos. Her name is Dalia? That’s beautiful,” Vanessa replied, both happy and sad that they were losing the child. " Amira thanked them again for everything they did and left with her baby.

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They finally got their Miracle. | Source: Pexels

Alex and Vanessa went home, still feeling bittersweet from that encounter. Alex was afraid Vanessa would go into depression again, but he was wrong.

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“I have an idea! Let’s adopt a child!" Vanessa suggested, to his surprise. "You were right years ago. Dalia was not meant for us, but a baby out there needs parents. Let’s do it!” she encouraged.

Alex smiled at his wife and agreed wholeheartedly. A year later, Janice introduced them to a two-month-old girl abandoned at a fire station. They named her Miracle.

What can we learn from this story?

  • Everything happens for a reason. Many different circumstances led Alex and Vanessa to adopt their daughter, Miracle. Some would say it’s the work of fate.
  • Be careful when you’re in public. Unfortunately, there are bad people everywhere. Both Vanessa and Amira suffered because there was someone out there with bad intentions.

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