A gay couple have spoken out about the ‘immediate connection’ they felt after adopting a HIV-positive child who had previously been rejected by 10 other families.
Damian Pighin and Ariel Vijarra are the first openly gay couple to be married in Sante Fe, Argentina. Damian and Ariel both work for Acunar Familias, an NGO that aims to help couples give unwanted children a forever home.
In 2011, the pair decided they were ready to start a family of their own. For several years, the couple was continuously disappointed before receiving a call in 2014 about a newborn baby who was ready to be adopted.
Damian and Ariel were informed that the newborn who was born with HIV, was only 28 days old but had already been rejected by 10 families.
The couple immediately wanted her. They had no second thoughts about accepting the baby girl into their family. Speaking to the local media, Ariel said, “As soon as I saw her, I felt that she was part of my life. The connection was immediate. We held her in our arms, gave her the bottle and she looked at us with her eyes wide open without crying.”
The baby girl, Olivia, soon began treatment to combat the HIV virus. She responded very well and even started to gain weight.
Not long after, the family received great news, tests showed the virus was no longer detectable in Olivia. Although there still is no cure for HIV, Olivia will no longer have to suffer the negative effects of the virus, nor can she pass it on to others.
In 2015, the couple expanded their family by one when they adopted another little girl, Victoria. Now, the siblings, Olivia and Victoria are almost turning five.
Thank you, Damian and Ariel, for choosing to open up your hearts and home to a little girl when others rejected the chance. Thanks to you both, two little girls have a family and definitely a lot of love around them.
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