After years of searching, Morgan Hill, a woman who was abandoned at birth, was finally able to thank the man who rescued her and helped her end up with a loving family. Hill, 20, knew she was adopted, but she didn’t know all the details surrounding her adoption, NBC Chicago reported. When she found out, Hill felt compelled to find the man who saved her.
In October 1995, Gerald Rocky Hyatt, a construction worker, was cleaning up at a work site. As he dropped off one final load of trash in the dumpster, he heard a whimper, according to Today. When he looked in the dumpster, he found a double-knotted, white kitchen bag. Inside the bag was a newborn baby.


Hyatt took the baby to a local hospital. There, she was named Mary Grace by one of the nurses, Today reported. Soon after, the baby was adopted by Sandy Hill. For saving the baby’s life, Hyatt was given a pin for heroism. He also took photos with the baby, her adoptive parents and the nursing staff.


Hill found Hyatt with the help of an NBC-affiliated news station. When they met, Hill was in tears, according to NBC Chicago. She said she couldn’t thank him enough.

"He gave me a chance to live a second life,” she said to the news station. “Because if he didn't find me, I would not be here to help others and show soon-to-be mothers that there are so many options out there and you don't have to throw your baby away."

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