Michael Buelna was performing a standard routine scan in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Santa Ana, California. He had seen some extremely disturbing and shocking things before but as he admitted, nothing was even remotely close to what he found in an alley that day. Click through this slideshow to learn about the story of Michael and Robin -also known as Adam- that fate let them meet for a very brief, touching moment in a cold, abandoned alley. Don’t miss #18, #14 & #9!
20. A ROUTINE CHECK
Officer Michael Buellna aws a police officer and in 1989 he was assigned to perform a routine check, after a stabbing, in one of the toughest neighborhoods of Santa, Ana, California. Michael was performing his scan but then he noticed some locals frantically waving him towards a nearby alley.
19. THERE WAS NOTHING
Michael quickly went to the alley, ready for the worst but there was nothing there… There was literally no one there and the alley was quite silent… until he heard a very faint sound coming from the end of the alley, “a sound of a very low meow, like a cat or something.”, as he later said. He located the source of the sound that was inside a dumpster. Michael couldn’t believe what he saw and he was shocked to see what was inside the dumpster!
18. AN INFANT
Michael was shocked to find a newborn baby, buried under garbage, facing down at the bottom of the dumpster. He then made a more unbelievable discovery… the umbilical cord was still attached to the baby’s body! Michael overcame his panic and called from immediate medical assistance.
17. HE COULDN’T SPEAK
Michael was so shocked about his discovery that he couldn’t speak to the emergency responders. In his shock he wasn’t even able to speak, let alone cooperate with the medics. He wouldn’t hand out the baby so he rode in the ambulance with it. They were getting to the hospital as quickly as possible. Did the baby make it?
16. FULL RECOVERY
Thankfully, even though the baby had suffered severe hypothermia, the doctors managed to keep it alive. It was a miracle that it was still alive and doctors told Michael that he literally found it at the last minute. The baby was making a slow and steady recover but as time was passing more and more questions were rising. What happened?
15. ONLY A FEW HOURS OLD
A nurse came to Michael and informed him that the baby was literally born just hours before he found it! The nurse, trying to calm Michael down he said to him that the baby needed a name! After a small council they decided to call this baby that appeared to this world out of nowhere. Adam!
14. A BRIEF TENDER MOMENT
Michael held Adam for the first time in the hospital. Their tender moment was quite brief because Michael had to return to his duties. Michael promised to Adam that they would meet again. What happened to baby Adam?
13. PUT FOR ADOPTION
The story gained significant publicity from local news and national television but authorities weren’t able to locate Adam’s mother. As normal practice indicates, Adam was put out for adoption.
12. A LOVING FAMILY
For the first time in Adam’s life. luck was with his side. Only days after he was put out for adoption, Elizabeth Barton and Daniel Fernandez were looking to adopt a baby for years, and it was finally time! They took Adam in their loving home he became a member of the Barton family. They also changed his name to Robin!
11. GROWING UP NORMALLY
Even though Robin’s first hours in this world were scary and filled with horror his new parents made sure that he had everything he needed and swore to raise him with care and values. Reflecting back, Robin says that it’s unbelievable how luck he was.
10. STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS
Elizabeth and Daniel never told Robin about his scary and lonely first hours so he could be a normal kid and grow up without any trauma. As Robin was growing older though, he noticed some things and started asking questions…
9. TIME FOR THE TRUTH
As Robin was reaching adulthood, Elizabeth realized that it was time to tell the truth to Robin and share the whole story with him. She said why they were keeping silent for all those years. He said to him about the adoption and the brave policeman that saved his life. Elizabeth was afraid that Robin would not take it well…
8. HE WAS GRATEFUL
To Elizabeth’s surprise Robin didn’t react as she expected. He didn’t show any anger or fear… just shock! He said that he was forever grateful to them and he proposed an interesting idea. He wanted to meet the policeman that saved him those dreadful hours.
7. HE WAS RETIRED
Michael at that time was a retired policeman after serving the force of Santa Ana for three decades before stepping out in his 50s. His colleagues say that he often talked about this dreadful day that he found Robin in the alley. Decades later he received a weird call.
6. THEY MET EACH OTHER
Finally after all those years, Michael and Robin met each other for the second time! They didn’t know what to say and to be honest, there isn’t much to say in these situations. They stayed embraced for minutes.
5. MICHAEL’S MOTIVATION
Robin was listening to Michael as he was reflecting back to that fateful day. He explained that his own parents abandoned him at a very young age and he never wanted anyone to feel like he had felt. That’s why he made completely sure that Robin was safe. He didn’t want him to be grow up without a family.
4. HIS BIRTH FATHER
Robin was actually able to meet his birth father also as the story got enormous press coverage and he was able to track many people from his “other” past. His birth father, Marcos Meza, learned about Michael on TV.
3. HIS LOST FAMILY
Robin never reacted with anger and he found himself surrounded with more family than ever. He even met Marco’s daughters, his sisters!
2. HIS MOTHER
Robin was no able to find his birth mother because after some research, they found out that his mother, Sabrina Diaz spent years in prison and was later deported to Mexico. Robin said that he doesn’t consider his mother being a villain.
1. SURROUNDED BY LOVE
Who could imagine that this baby, that they odds were against it at the very first hours of his life, would find himself surrounded with many loving and caring family members. It was all thanks to Michael with whom Robin keeps a close relationship!