Tiny, muffled cries alerted workers at an orphanage in Northern China. Someone had left a baby girl and walked out of her life forever.
It was April, 2008. At just 3 months of age, Leah was beginning to show the signs that could mark her as an outcast in the foreign culture: she was born a dwarf.
To this day no one knows who her birth parents were. There was no note. She would spend the next four years in group homes and foster homes, watching other orphaned or otherwise parentless kids be placed in the arms of people who wanted them. Not Leah.
On the other side of the world, Mark Trombino and Carol Trombino were starting a new life of their own. They had just been married in Phoenix. Both were leading successful lives in America as dwarfs. Mark was a past president of the Little People of America, Arizona chapter. He and Carol had met at a convention.
They hadn't been married even a year before Mark's daughter from a previous marriage, Priya, began asking for a sibling.
"I waited for a long time," said 9-year-old Priya.
Mark and Carol began looking into adoption. The process took nearly two years. But the moment the Trombinos found Leah, they knew it was right.
"We saw a picture and of course fell in love with her right away," said Mark.
The couple flew to China in November and spent two weeks signing papers and getting to know Leah and her caretakers before finally bringing her home in the weeks before Christmas.
For Carol, it was more emotional than she expected.
"Mark and I just burst into tears, both of us because we saw her."
The Trombinos consider it their early Christmas miracle - the person to complete their little family.
And for Leah, it is a ready-made family with a sister, cousins, aunts and uncles to make her feel welcome and loved. The family she never had. Unwanted no longer. An angel surrounded by love.
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:09:50 GMT
One teen is dead after a fatal car accident in Aiken County this morning The Aiken County Coroner's Office confirmed Ricky Marquez, 19, died after the car he was riding in left the roadway and struck severalMore >>
An Aiken County teen is dead after severe head injuries from a fatal car accident this morning. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:31:35 GMT
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday. "Every little bit helps," said ValliMore >>
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:51:03 GMT
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard."Situations like this where there is a healthMore >>
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:45:01 GMT
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts. They say they voted against changing the membership standards because 85% of the 2,700 constituentsMore >>
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:45:32 GMT
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated. "The Augusta Commission in a meetingMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 10:53 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:53:19 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:54:11 GMT
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.Robert Donald Holden, Jr, of Hephzibah, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 3500 blockMore >>
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:00:17 GMT
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Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:07:55 GMT
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening. "It hit me hard because this was like another family to me," saidMore >>
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening.More >>