In 1984, a San Francisco State University student gave birth in her dorm room. She put the baby girl in a box and left her downstairs in the dorm's laundry room. A student loading the dryer found the newborn hours later, and asked for help from the only other person there, a nursing student named Esther Raiger. While they waited for the paramedics to arrive, Raiger cradled the infant, who was turning blue, to get her body temperature up.
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The baby was given the name "Jane Doe" and spent a few months in foster care before being adopted by a California couple. Her name became Jillian Sobol, and she was a happy, rambunctious kid. When she was a teenager, her mom told her the whole story of her birth--and she and her dad went to the library to read newspaper clippings about her miraculous discovery.
Sobol's teenage years were rough--she had ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities so academic success eluded her for a while. But she never gave up, and finally went to college to study tourism and hotel management--at, of all places, San Francisco State University.
Sobol graduated from San Francisco State late last month--it had been a bumpy road but worth it. Along the way, she'd managed to find and befriend Raiger and her birth dad. Both were there--along with her parents--to see her graduate from the place she was born.
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Talk about coming around full circle!
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