When abandoned “Baby Charlie” was found crying in the bottom of a truck on a chilly Florida morning in May 2017, he was cold, wet and alone. As a result, the newborn was raced to hospital, where 46-year-old respiratory specialist Lorraine Nichols was among those waiting to treat him. The infant’s pitiful state both broke the medic’s heart and fixed her purpose. There and then, Nichols resolved that she would do whatever she could to ensure that Charlie need not feel cold or alone ever again.
It was an especially cold morning on May 6, 2017, when a college student was walking past The Meridian, an apartment complex in west Tallahassee, FL. However, as she made her way through the student housing block’s parking lot at about 8:30 a.m., it was a muffled keening sound that froze the young woman in her tracks.
The noise sounded like the distant cries of an infant in distress. Concerned, the seemingly compassionate 22-year-old began to investigate. And sure enough, when the young student followed the sound to its source, she found a baby abandoned in the back of a Nissan pick-up.