Bernarda Gallardo opened her heart and her house to a baby she adopted in her home country of Chile. Anyone who adopts and raises a child is a hero, but in the process of her adoption, Gallardo discovered a haunting secret about the babies who were not so fortunate.
Although Chile has a relatively stable economy, its wealth distribution is one of the most uneven in the world, leading 3 million Chileans to live in extreme poverty.
Around the same time that Gallardo adopted her own baby, she read a story about the death of an infant girl at a Chilean hospital. The baby had been abandoned and died in the hospital of neglect. She was stunned when she discovered that not only were no efforts made to find a home for the girl, but the baby was never given a proper burial. Gallardo became determined to find her. She named the girl Aurora.
When Gallardo found baby Aurora, she petitioned the judge to let her adopt the deceased baby.
She then held a funeral for Aurora. Five hundred people attended, including the judge who granted her the adoption, to put the baby to rest.
She has since adopted three more fallen children to give them the dignity of a name and a proper burial.