Woman Reunited With Newborn She Found Buried Alive 20 Years Later

May 23, 2018 Updated: May 23, 2018

A woman was jogging with her three dogs, until she found a baby buried alive with an attached umbilical cord in the foothills of Altadena on May 16, 1998.

On that day, Azita Milanian decided to go for a run with her dogs instead of a night out dancing. Her dog Tango started to sniff and scratch a pile of dirt. Milanian saw two protruding feet and thought it belonged to animal.

When she heard a cry, she dug out a shallow grave and found Michael Christian Whitaker wrapped in a blue towel with his umbilical cord attached.

After getting disconnected from a few 911 calls, she ran to the roadside to flag down a driver for help before returning to the baby and getting dirt out of his mouth and nose. The driver told the officers at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department about the baby.

Whitaker recovered from hypothermia at a Pasadena hospital and was dubbed “Christian” as his survival was a miracle. He was later adopted.

Although she isn’t his biological mother, the cord of destiny between Milanian and Whitaker brought them back together on May 16, 20 years later.

The mother of Whitaker’s friends emailed his story to KIIS FM radio and asked for a 23andMe kit to find more about Whitaker’s ancestry. He agreed to reveal his results on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.”

Following that, Patty Rodriguez, a producer of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest, had read the story in a 1998 edition of the LA Times about Milanian finding a baby. That’s when she decided to reunite the two, the LA Times reported.

Milanian, Rodriguez, and Whitaker embraced after meeting on the set.

This is going to be a long one, so stay with me. In the 13 years that I have been part of this show, I don’t think I have worked on something this incredible. If you do not believe in God or in something bigger than you, believe me this is going to change everything. On May 17 of 1998, Azita was jogging when her two dogs noticed something. They started barking at Azita, but she thought they may have found a dead animal and she did not want to get near it. However, the dogs continued to insist. She, then saw something pushing out underneath the dirt. It was a newborn baby. The baby, still with his umbilical chord atttached, was only a few hours old. She ran for help. She then wrapped the baby in a towel and wiped the dirt off his face. As she waited for the ambulance to arrive she told the baby that everything will be ok. The baby wrapped his hands around her wrist and stopped crying. The baby, dubbed Baby Christian survived. His mother or the cruel human that did this to him was never found. Baby Christian was then adopted by a wonderful family. Azita never saw him again. She spent the last 20 years searching for him. She created a foundation in Baby Christian’s honor, a non-profit that helps orphan children. But every single day, she hoped that one day she will see baby Christian again. Fast forward to 2018, we get an email from a woman requesting a 23 and Me DNA kit for her son’s friend. In the email she says, that this young man is like a son to her and that he recently found out he was adopted. She continues the email by saying, that she would love for him to know who he is and hopes that he can get some answers BECAUSE this wasn’t just an adoption — this young man made national news when he was a baby after being found buried with his umbilical chord attached!! We sent him the 23 and Me DNA kit and get the results back. We are talking to the 23 and Me team and find a news story from 1998 that describes exactly what was described in the email. Could he be the baby that was found May 17 1998?? I continue reading the story. I see Azita’s name and I wondered to myself if Azita knew about any of this…. (continued in comments)

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