Before long, Children’s Medical Mission West had organized a trip stretching thousands of miles across the world, from Ivory Coast to Chicago. Little Dominique made the journey with barely any belongings and arrived very jet-lagged. But on the other side, Advocate Children’s Hospital was waiting to carry out the all-important operation.
Not only that, but there were foster parents in the States excited to welcome Dominique, too. Dominique’s parents could not afford to travel with her to the U.S. and so had sent out a plea online for a Chicago-based foster family. Tim and Nancy Swabb had thereby heard of Dominique’s story and jumped to help. “It really spoke to me,” Nancy told The Washington Post. “We just wanted to open our hearts and our home to a baby.”