When Jimmy Amisial, now 27 years old, returned to Haiti in 2017, he discovered a four-month-old infant in an ant-infested garbage can.
The Texas State University student took the infant home and his 66-year-old mother, Elicie Jean, where they bathed, dressed and fed him.
After Elicie and Jimmy contacted the police, unable to identify the child’s biological parents, a court requested that Jimmy adopt the child, who was given the name Emilio Angel.
Jimmy finally chose to raise the boy with the assistance of his mother, even though it was a difficult choice, and is now seeking funds to adopt him formally.
Now that Emilio Angel Jeremiah is almost five years old, the two have developed a touching relationship, and Jimmy said “he can’t wait” to become Emilio’s legal father.
A Texas college student adopted an ant-infested and terrified infant he discovered in the garbage while on vacation in Haiti.
Jimmy snatched up the baby and brought him home to his mother, Elicie Jean, 66, where they bathed, dressed, and gave him milk before bringing him to the hospital for medical attention.
Jimmy and his mother subsequently reported the incident to the authorities when the police could not locate the baby’s biological parents, a court-appointed Jimmy as legal guardian of the infant, whom Jimmy named Emilio Angel Jeremiah.
During a study break from Texas State University in December 2017, Jimmy returned home to see his mother in Haiti.
Jimmy has volunteered at the nearby orphanage since he was a youngster, and on this occasion, he brought gifts for the kids.
He stumbled and noticed a sizable crowd gathered around a garbage can while his route to the orphanage.
When Jimmy finally arrived at the centre of the unrest, he was shocked to see a four-month-old infant inside.
According to Jimmy, no one knows the baby’s origins or biological parents.
“When I woke up that day, I was totally unaware that my life was about to change forever,” Jimmy said.
“People were crowding round this bin, and I heard them arguing about what to do with this tiny baby.”
“Everyone was just staring at him – not a single soul wanted to help.”
“He was crying and had no clothes on, and I could see the pain in his eyes – I had to do something.”
The four-month-old was picked up by Jimmy and brought to his mother’s house.
Though horrified, she was ready to take whatever action necessary to lessen his suffering right now.
Together, they cleaned, dressed, and gave him milk. He was covered with ant bites from the garbage, so they also brought him to the doctor for a checkup.
Even though the authorities started looking for the boy’s parents, they could never be located.
After a hearing on what should be done with the child, a few days later, a court asked Jimmy, who was 22 at the time, whether he would act as the child’s legal guardian. Jimmy nicknamed the child Emilio.
Jimmy said: “When I was asked to raise him, I stayed awake for days tossing and turning, trying to make a decision.”
“I was already behind on my university fees, and my family has always struggled to make ends meet.”
“But I didn’t have a dad growing up, and this poor child was facing a lifetime of instability and uncertainty.”
“Something inside was telling me that this had happened for a reason – so I took a leap of faith.”
“Sometimes, you don’t have to know what to do; you just have to be ready to do it.”
Jimmy consented to raise him with the support of his mother after much thought about the judge’s order.
He called the infant Emilio, and they formed an inspiring friendship after four and a half years.
Elicie has played a vital role in their journey, caring for Emilio while Jimmy is in college and works.
Since then, Jimmy, a student at Texas State University, has divided his time between the United States and Gonaives, Haiti, where Emilio is being cared for by Elicie.
Jimmy has now submitted his application to adopt Emilio and take custody of him legally.
Jimmy, a communication and electronic media student, stated: “When I found him, he was four months old – now he’s nearly five.”
“It’s been an incredible journey, and watching him grow up has been so rewarding – I’m very proud of him.”
“I had to do what I had to do when no one else wanted to do it, and I’m so grateful for the past four and a half years.”
“I truly do feel like a father, and I’m excited to put pen to paper and make Emilio my son – I just need to raise the money first.”
“I’m glad I got the opportunity to transform his life from being abandoned in the trash to being a wonderful treasure.”
Jimmy has had to take significant time away from his studies to care for his family, but he is now preparing to begin his third year in September.
Emilio, who began school this year, is a bright young man who enjoys music. He aspires to be a musician when he grows up.
Jimmy began the official adoption procedure for Emilio in 2020, but he has to fund $30,000 to finalize the adoption.
He will not be given a completion date until he obtains the funds.
“It’s been fun seeing him grow – he’s a joy to be around,” Jimmy said.
“Mom loves him, the kids in the orphanage love him, and I love him as if he were my own. He really is a special little boy.”
Jimmy Amisial discovered a four-month-old infant boy in a garbage can while on vacation in Haiti. According to the San Marcos, Texas-based 27-year-old student, the boy was covered with ants, and the adults around him were unwilling to intervene. Amisial picked up the infant and carried him to his mother, Elicie Jean, who is 66 years old.
There, they bathed him, dressed him in clothes, and fed him milk before transporting him to the hospital. The boy’s parents were never discovered despite the police’s best efforts. Amisial, 22 at the time, was asked by the court whether he wanted to be Emilio Angel Jeremiah’s legal guardian. Since then, Amisial, a student at Texas State University, has divided his time between the United States and Gonaives, Haiti, where Elicie Jean is taking care of Emilio.