LIFE

After 55 Years, Abandoned Baby Reunites With Family Who Saved Her

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Bobbi Fischbein gave birth to her son on Christmas Eve in 1961. Her parents hurried over to St. Paul’s Charles T. Miller Hospital in Minnesota to meet their new grandson in person.

But before walking through the hospital doors, Bobbi’s parents heard the sound of faint cries coming from somewhere in the parking lot.

There was no one else around, yet it was clear a baby was wailing outside in the cold.

Bobbi’s mother followed the sound of the cries, weaving her way through the parked cars. She suddenly found herself standing underneath a canvas canopy, pretty far away from the hospital’s entrance.

At her feet was a cardboard box draped with a small blanket — and a newborn baby girl inside, totally exposed to the cold Minnesota air.

Doctors told Bobbi’s parents that if they had found her just 10 minutes later, it would have been too late; she would have surely died from the freezing temperatures and lack of care.

Nurses rushed “Baby Holly” inside, and news of the abandoned newborn made local headlines. Bobbi’s parents never saw her again, but they took solace in knowing Holly was in safe hands at the hospital.

The decades passed, and Bobbi always wondered what happened to Baby Holly — especially every year on her son’s birthday.

Then, in 2016, she was watching a WCCO news segment on TV when her ears perked up. Then a black-and-white photo of a baby girl appeared on the screen.

After 55 years, Bobbi was about to learn what happened to Baby Holly.

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