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Couple adopts baby with HIV that was previously rejected by other families

October 23rd, 2019

Unfortunately, there are always children who are put up for adoption that seem to be ‘unwanted’. Baby girl Olivia who was born in 2014 was one of those poor children. The little girl is HIV-positive and it seemed like no one wanted to take care of her.

In fact, no less than 10 families rejected Olivia because of her condition.

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Ariel Vijarra Source: Ariel Vijarra

However, when Ariel Vijarra and Damian Pighin got a call about the chance to adopt Olivia, they didn’t even hesitate.

The couple has previously made the news as they were the first gay couple to get married in the Argentine province in Santa Fe, which is also the place they call home. After getting married, they wanted to expand their family with a child.

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Ariel Vijarra Source: Ariel Vijarra

Adoption is always something that they wanted to do, but they were almost never given a chance.

You can imagine their happiness when they received the phone call about Olivia! Ariel and Damian actually work for Acunar Familias, (which loosely translates to Cradle Families), a non-governmental organization that helps ‘unwanted’ children get adopted by willing parents.

When the two actually met Olivia, there was an undeniable and instant connection.

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Buen Dia Rosario Source: Buen Dia Rosario

“As soon as I saw her, I felt that she was part of my life,” Ariel said according to the Daily Mail. “We held her in our arms, gave her the bottle and she looked at us with her eyes wide open without crying.”

There was no doubt about it: the connection was incredible and these two parents wanted to give Olivia a warm life and a loving home. In regards to her medical condition, the couple decided that they would deal with it the best they could and give her all the chances to lead a normal life.

As soon as she was adopted, she began treatment for her HIV.

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Ariel Vijarra Source: Ariel Vijarra

And the treatment absolutely worked wonders – the positive effects were seen almost instantly. Not long afterward, Ariel and Damian received some absolutely fantastic news. Doctors couldn’t find a trace of the HIV-virus in her body anymore, meaning that she will actually have a normal life that her parents had hoped for.

As most people know, there is no cure available to get rid of HIV entirely. However, the treatment that Olivia got keeps the virus in check and now it’s practically undetectable because of the low levels.

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Ariel Vijarra Source: Ariel Vijarra

“A functional cure would suppress the amount of HIV virus in the body to such low levels that it can’t be detected or make you ill – but it would still be present,” Avert.org says.

In this condition, the virus also can’t be spread to other people. Studies revealed that antiretroviral treatment holds zero risks to spread the disease.

Olivia will soon be celebrating her fifth birthday, and the whole family couldn’t be any happier.

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Ariel Vijarra Source: Ariel Vijarra

But actually, the family has also expanded with a new member back in 2015, one year after the lovebirds adopted Olivia. They adopted a second girl, the beautiful and adorable Victoria. Just like her sibling, she’ll be blowing out five candles on her birthday cake soon.

The story has also gone viral on the internet, and the parents have received tons of support and warm words from strangers all over the world.

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Facebook Source: Facebook

“God bless this beautiful family! May this gorgeous little angel grow up to achieve all her dreams!” Mario Berrios commented.

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“It is heartwarming to see love and kindness still in this world…” Gary minter added.

One thing is for sure: Olivia and Victoria are lucky to have such amazing, selfless and loving parents.

What a wonderful family!

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Source: Upworthy, Daily Mail, Ariel Vijarra

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