Becoming a parent is typically one of the most exciting times in an adult’s life, especially when it’s your first time. The joy that comes with raising a child and being there for all of their “firsts” is unlike anything else you could ever experience.

Parenting, as fun and rewarding as it can be, of course comes with lots of responsibility. It means accepting that you are accountable for taking care of your child from that point forward under all circumstances. — abandoning a child should never be an option.

Regardless, that’s what happened to a newborn girl in Krasnoyarsk Russia, whose own mother decided to leave her all alone near an orphanage with only a note to explain what had happened.

When an 83-year-old woman heard strange noises coming from a field near her home in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, she looked outside and found something she couldn’t believe: a baby all by herself. She realized that whoever left the child must have intended to get it to the orphanage that was nearby.

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She immediately alerted authorities who came and determined that the baby, who was just one week old, was in good health conditions despite the circumstances. They were in for a big surprise when they lifted the baby from its carrier, though…

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Tucked underneath the baby, authorities found a note. It was presumably from the baby’s mother, who explained her circumstances. 

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“Forgive me, but I do not know where to go with her, she is a very calm and healthy girl, her name is Uljana, born on August 12th and has been vaccinated. This is the most terrible thing I’ve ever done in my life, I promise I’ll come back to her, but I just have no other choice, we had to stay on the street …” the note from the mother read.

Most surprising of all, the mother, Natalia, came to the orphanage just four days after abandoning her daughter and told the staff of her unfortunate story. She had come to Krasnoyarsk and met a man who accidentally got her pregnant. The couple didn’t know what to do, though they decided to keep the baby.

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Natalia had lost her job and her parents were unwilling to take her in. The woman’s options were limited and she didn’t know what to do when her daughter Uljana was born. Natalia attempted to drop her off at a hospital for a few days, but they declined her request to take the newborn in. Ultimately, this led Natalia and Uljana to nights spent on the street.

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Not wanting her daughter to live that way, Natalia decided to bring her to the orphanage the following day. She said that she stood by a nearby building and waited for someone to find her. Over the course of the next four days, she collected as much money as possible and convinced her parents to take their grandchild in. Additionally, a local charity had pledged to help take care of Natalia and Uljana for the time being.

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Natalia returned to the orphanage the next day only to discover that they would not turn Uljana back over to her. She had to take several psychological and medical exams in addition to submitting a DNA test in order to event attempt to regain custody of her child. After a four-month legal battle, Natalia and Uljana were reunited.

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Now, there is a social worker looking after Natalia and Uljana to ensure that the young girl is properly cared for.

It’s heartbreaking to think that Natalia had to give up her child because of her unfortunate circumstances, but at least mother and daughter are together again.

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