In 1998, a woman named Azita Milanian found a newborn baby boy buried alive while she was jogging with her dogs on a hiking trail in Altadena, California. She immediately saved the baby, who was later named Matthew Christian Whitaker and was put up for adoption. Watch their very emotional reunion video below, exactly 20 years later.
Matthew Whitaker was born on May 16, 1998. Merely 3 hours later, Azita passed on the path where he was buried alive. Her discovery began when her dogs were sniffing around a pile of dirt. At first, she thought it was only a dead animal. But she had a shock of her life when she learned it was a baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached.
Milanian called 911 but she was disconnected, so she requested a passing motorist to bring her and the barely breathing baby to the nearest police station, and later to a hospital for treatment. After making sure that the baby boy was fine, she left and never had a chance to see him again, until exactly on May 16, 2018, Christian’s 20th birthday.
Thanks to an email to 102.7 KIIS FM (a radio station in Los Angeles) from a family friend who submitted Matthew Christian for a 23andMe DNA test early this year. Aft doing further research, it was learned that he was the baby boy Azita found 20 years ago. Finally, the two were reunited for the first time via “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”
“I was waiting for you. 20 years. You’re exactly what I’ve imagined. I guessed your size, everything. Thank you for coming into my life, you changed my life. … I knew we were going to connect again. The day I met him he confirmed my faith.” Azita told Matthew in their emotional reunion, as she hugged him after seeing him for the first time after she found him.
“I didn’t even know if it was a boy or a girl and he was crying and I brought him out and I dug my nails in his nose and mouth and started taking the dirt out and all I said to you, [Matthew], was ‘Please don’t die. I will never leave you. I love you.’” She added, explaining to Mathew how she found him and has changed her life over the years.
“I was going to run 20 minutes and suddenly I felt like I was going to be sick, like someone was choking me or throwing up, and I think it was exactly 10 to 15 minutes before that they were [burying Matthew],” Azita added, noting that she was supposed to jog earlier that day but there were some interruptions, and that she had to take a different route.
Whitaker, who attends the University of Arizona and hopes to become an entertainment lawyer, could not find the exact words to show his sincerest gratitude to Milanian, and just kept saying, “Thank you very much!” It turned out that he did not know the exact details of his history until he reached the age of 17 when his godmother told him.
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