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Rescued as Baby, Man Thanks Hero Cop

Twenty-five years ago, a cop in Santa Ana, California, made a shocking discovery. After hearing muffled sounds coming from behind a garbage dumpster, Officer Michael Buelna came across a 4-hour-old baby boy, as reported by ABC 6 Action News.

"I noticed the umbilical cord and he was covered—he still had all the mucus and stuff—and all the trash and gravel was sticking to him," Buelna told ABC 6. "I tried to give him a tiny little bit of breath and he reacted a little bit."

Buelna rushed the baby, which he named Adam, to the nearest paramedics. The child weighed just four pounds, two ounces, but was able to make a full recovery.

But the story doesn't end there. It gets better!

Little Adam was adopted by Elizabeth Barton and Daniel Fernandez of Orange County, and renamed Robin, as reported by KTLA 5.

"I had the best childhood I could have ever asked for. Really great," Robin told KTLA 5. "I was raised by a wonderful mother and father."

Now at 25, Robin wanted to meet the cop who saved his life all those years ago to thank him. And earlier this week, the two finally met again.

"I'm extremely grateful," Robin told Buelna, who has since retired from the police force.

As for Buela, he told ABC 6, "I hoped that someday I would see him again."

Next up for Robin is to try and find his biological mother, who was sentenced to three years in prison for child endangerment and attempted murder after she was arrested for leaving Robin behind the dumpster.

"I'm not angry or upset with her, and I forgive her because she was a young woman in a very compromising position," Robin told ABC 6.

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