Baby found in Socastee dumpster in 2015 set to celebrate her 1st birthday
One year ago, a newborn girl was found near death inside a dumpster in Socastee. Now, she's turning one.
The little girl, nicknamed Baby Hope by the family who found her, is an 11-month-old named Trinity Grace.
"She's just a miracle, you know," said Cheri Taylor, Trinity's grandmother. "You look at her every day, and you realize that given the circumstances, she might not have been here at all."
It's hard for her family to imagine, but Trinity almost didn't survive.
On April 9, 2015, she was left clinging to life in a dumpster on Fairway Village Drive in the Island Green Community.
"We just thank God for the boys that found her," said Taylor. "Without them, we never would have known about her. We didn't know her mother was pregnant. She denied it the whole time."
The two brothers who found her heard Trinity's muffled cries and rescued her from the bag of trash she was inside with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
"I just really want them to know that she's okay and to meet her, because that really has to be a hard thing, to know the last time you saw her the condition she was in," said Taylor.
Taylor said she hopes that one day her granddaughter can be reunited with the two young men who saved her.
With Trinity's birthday in two weeks, her grandparents are planning an extra special reunion.
On Friday, Trinity and her grandparents stopped by Horry County Fire Rescue Station 20 to deliver an invitation to the first responders who were on scene that April afternoon.
"They like to say they're not heroes in what they did, but I kinda think they are, you know," said Taylor. "They're all pretty invested in her, and a couple of them get a little teary-eyed when they see her, because they can't imagine how she looked that day to how she looks today."