Abandoned Baby Adopted by Couple That Found Him on the NYC Subway Is All Grown Up | 22 Words

Children all around the world sadly find themselves neglected or abandoned at the hands of irresponsible and troubled adults.

But one abandoned baby found a happy ending - and the internet is loving his sweet story.

The world was left shocked by this story, which started all the way back in 2000.

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And now, we have an update as to where the "subway baby" is now, 2 decades later.

Now, there have been numerous stories about how babies have been abandoned...

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And, miraculously, the majority of these babies are found and rehomed into loving families.

And one incredible story of an abandoned baby has been warming the internet's hearts today.

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His happy ending is too sweet for words.

In 2000, Danny Stewart, then thirty-four, was traveling by subway with his partner Pete Mercurio, then thirty-two.

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The pair found a bundle in a subway station in Chelsea, Manhattan, which they discovered to be a newborn baby.

This was only the start of their crazy story, which the pair documented in their book, Our Subway Baby.

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"I glanced down and saw what I thought was just a baby doll," Danny told Channel 11 News.

"His upper body and his head were wrapped in a dark sweatshirt. But as I started to go up the stairs, he started to move, so I knew he was alive."

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"It's not the end," Peter told Danny at the time. "A child can't just fall into your life this way and disappear."

​Soon after, the judge asked the pair, "Would you be interested in adopting this baby?"

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"I could not stop thinking that… I did feel connected, I felt like this was not even an opportunity, it was a gift, and how can you say no to this gift," Danny explained.

"The baby squeezed my finger with his entire hand so hard," Pete agreed. "He was just staring up at me and I was just looking at him, and it was almost like he found a pressure point in my finger that just opened up my heart to my head and showed me in that moment that I could be one of his parents, one of his dads."

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Though the process was obviously lengthy, it was a success - and little baby Kevin became a member of the family.

Twenty years later, Kevin is a college student studying math and computer science.

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He also plays piano and guitar, runs marathons, and spent years dancing with the National Dance Institute.

"My life has become much more enriched and full."

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"It has changed my world view, my perspective, my whole lens. I did not know that this level of deep love existed in the world until my son came into my life."

Our Subway Baby made the ALA Rainbow Book List for Young Readers and was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.

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Because who doesn't love a happy ending?

Incredible!