A newborn baby boy who was saved by a woman and her dog after he had been buried alive was finally reunited with the good Samaritan 20 years later. 58 year old Azita Milanian met the young man she had saved from imminent death, Matthew Christian, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Azita broke into tears as she went into the room and she set eyes on the now fully grown young man. As the pair embraced, Matthew wiped her tears away in such a heart warming moment.
On May 16, 1998, Azita had gone out for an evening jog with her dogs in Altadena, California when one of the dogs stumbled upon what she first thought was a dead animal, but as fate would have it, it was a newborn baby boy. The baby who was just a couple of hours old, had been wrapped in a towel with its umbilical cord still attached and had been buried alive.
She recalled, “I went there and heard a noise and Tango [the dog] was standing exactly over his head and I was saying, “Come on, let’s go! What are you looking at?” And they wouldn’t move and I’m screaming at them and it was a bunch of bushes and suddenly Christian’s feet came out of the ground in front of my feet.”
“I didn’t even know if it was boy or a girl and he was crying and I brought him out and I dug my nails in his nose and mouth and started taking the dirt out and all I said to you was “Please don’t die. I will never leave you. I love you.” She added in tears.
Azita then carried the baby to her car and called 911. The baby was hospitalized for a while until he regained his health then he was put up for adoption. Azita revealed that it pained her to have to let the child go as she would have loved to adopt him herself, but the story had been picked up by the media and her name was all over the newspapers and she did not want to expose him to any danger since she did not know why the person who buried him.
On meeting Matthew, Azita said to him, “I was waiting for you. 20 years. You’re exactly what I’ve imagined. I guessed your size, everything. Thank you for coming into my life, you changed my life..I knew we were going to connect again. The day I met him he confirmed my faith … God brought us together for a purpose.”
After she found Matthew, Azita was inspired to begin working with charities to help children in need and even started her own non-profit organization, ‘Save the Children’ founded to help orphaned children.
Whitaker is now a junior at the University of Arizona, majoring in journalism, and hopes to be an entertainment lawyer one day. He revealed that he has no negative feelings about the person who buried him. He extended an invitation to Milanian to attend his graduation next year, and hopes that they will remain close going forward. He said, “Well I always want to keep in contact with her, she’ll be like my fifth mom!”