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Single man adopts baby with Down Syndrome rejected by 20 families, now they’re inseparable

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A single dad decided to adopt a baby with Down Syndrome who was earlier rejected by 20 families. The baby is now a little girl, and their bond is just beautiful.

Luca Trapanese used to be a heartbroken gay man who just came out of a serious relationship. At the time when he was trying to mend his broken heart, a baby came to make it whole again.

Baby Alba was born with Down Syndrome and was just 13 days old when Luca rescued her. The newborn was already rejected 20 times by different families after being put up for adoption by her mother. It was Luca’s dream to be a dad, and even though the adoption came with challenges, he was ready and willing to adopt Alba.

At that time, single parents couldn’t adopt in Italy. Surrogacy is prohibited, and gay parents cannot be listed on birth certificates as co-parents. He had to adopt a baby with an illness.

“I was told that I’d only be given a child with an illness, a severe disability or with behavioural problems. I was absolutely OK with that,” Luca shared on News24.

Since then, Luca and Alba have been inseparable. “She brought me happiness and a sense of fulfillment. I am proud to be her dad,” Luca said.

The proud dad shared that his little girl has a very strong personality and sometimes is stubborn. However, they enjoy their bonding moments at the park, museum, and at Luca’s work. He said Alba likes to play, eat, and dance all day.

“Alba was never my second choice because she has a condition. I wanted her to be my daughter. Being a single dad is hard, but I have friends whose partners work all day, and they’re struggling as well. I think that being a parent is hard, full stop. I can see a future for myself now. I’ll spend the rest of my life with the child I love, and we’ll do so many amazing things together,” he added.

What a sweet story reminding about the true meaning of unconditional love!

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