Woman, rescuer reunited 40 years later
Posted at: 03/29/2013 7:05 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A man who lives in Albuquerque saved a baby's life in Vietnam more than 40 years ago. And Friday, they finally met.
It was a special celebration for the Albuquerque Vietnamese Community. A reunion to introduce an orphaned baby girl with the vietnamese soldier who saved her in 1972. The soldier later moved to America. And she was adopted by Americans.
Until now, Bao Tran and Kim Mitchell had never officially met, but they have an amazing connection. They first came together in the summer of 1972. Tran came across the then-infant girl clutching to the body of her dead mother. Tran gathered her up in a straw hat and took her to a catholic orphanage in Danang.
"I never knew. And everybody has a story - everybody does," she told Tran. "And this is mine and you're a part of it."
During a trip to Vietnam, Mitchell found the orphanage she was adopted from by an American family. From there a lot of the questions she had started getting answered including questions about Tran.
"Closure for me that I know that I came from somewhere, I didn't just get dropped off," she said.
The Albuquerque Vietnamese Community was more than happy to help her in her quest. They are bursting with pride for Tran and they welcomed Mitchell with gifts.
Mitchell clinched Tran's hand tightly as she held back her tears knowing she might not be here, if not for him.
"Today, I get to say thank you to a man that took the time to save a baby," she said.
The two told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they plan to see each other a lot in the future.