'You are so loved': Woman abandoned in a dumpster as a baby reunites with rescuer 20 years later

By Samantha Luiz
05 May 2016

She'd always known that she was adopted, but it wasn't till she graduated from high school she learnt the whole story.

She'd always known that she was adopted, but it wasn't till she graduated from high school she learnt the whole story of how she joined her family.

As a newborn, Morgan Hill, from Chicago, was abandoned at a dumpster by her in Illinois, by her birth mother.

By happenstance, the tot was rescued by construction worker Gerald Rocky Hyatt.

"He was dropping off the last load of trash from the construction area he was working on," said Morgan, who's now 20 years old.

"Before he dropped it in, he heard a whimper. He found a white kitchen bag that was double knotted."

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After Gerald found her, he took her to a nearby hospital, where she was named Mary Grace. Her current name came after she was adopted by Sandi Hill.

With new knowledge about how she came to be with her family, Morgan spent the past two years searching for the "guardian angel" that saved her life.

With the help of NBC affiliate KSHB, she finally managed to track him down, meeting him last month.

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"I broke into tears and the first thing I said was, 'Thank you,'" Hill said. "He said to me, 'Baby girl, you are so loved.'"

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For their reunion, Gerald gave Morgan a picture of himself holding her as a baby at the hospital, and an angel pin he was awarded for the rescue 20 years ago.

"I've worn it every day since," revealed Morgan, adding that she can't thank Gerald enough for rescuing her from a tragic fate.

"He gave me a chance to live a second life. 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."

Watch the heartwarming moment below:

Sources: today.com, kshb.com

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