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Gay Couple Adopts Baby Living With HIV Rejected by 10 Families

gay couple adopting baby living with HIV

How can we not talk about family when family’s all that we got?

Unilad, a British news and entertainment site brings us the story of Olivia, who in 2014 was an underweight 28-day-old infant who was born with HIV and looking for a home. Because of her health needs, she had been rejected by 10 prospective families. 

That’s when Damian Pighin and Ariel Vijarra of Santa Fe, Argentina, met her.

Pighin and Vijarra were the first gay couple to get married in Santa Fe and had been looking to expand their family by adopting for three years when they met Olivia. They told local news outlets that they instantly fell in love with her. 

Get ready for your heart to grow three sizes.

“As soon as I saw her, I felt that she was part of my life,” Vijarra reportedly said. “The connection was immediate. We held her in our arms, gave her the bottle and she looked at us with her eyes open without crying.”


Olivia might not have cried, but I definitely am!

As soon as the couple took her home, Olivia started to respond to her HIV treatment, gained weight, and after a couple years, the family got the absolutely amazing news that the virus was no longer detectable in her blood. In addition to being unable to spread the HIV, Olivia doesn’t have to worry about further damage to her immune system. 

A year after Olivia joined their clan, Pighin and Vijarra adopted another baby girl, Victoria. Olivia will turn five later this month (we stan a Scorpio queen), while Victoria turned five in February. 

Things aren’t always happy here in the age of Trump, but families like this prove that there are good people in the world making it a better place.

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