Sara Gibbs isn't Janessa Gibbs birth mother. (Photo Source: Family)
Friday marks 18 years since Janessa Gibbs was abandoned as a newborn at the front of a Corinth, Mississippi doctor's office. (Photo Source: Family)
ALCORN COUNTY, MS -
(WMC) - A Mid-South woman thought she would never become a mother until she fell in love with a little girl abandoned on a doctor's doorstep.
Friday marks 18 years since Janessa Gibbs was abandoned as a newborn at the front of a Corinth, Mississippi doctor's office. A nearby hospital worker made the difficult choice to take her in, and it's a decision that's changed two lives forever.
Sara Gibbs isn't Janessa Gibbs birth mother.
"I had never, never let a birthday of hers pass, that I didn't think of her mother," Sara said.
Janessa was called in to work at the hospital next door where she was a nurse. So she was there when first responders found who would soon be her daughter.
"I was single. I worked night shift. I worked 12-hour-nights. There was nothing in my life that had prepared me for a baby," Sara said.
With help from her pastor and friends at the hospital, Sara received the courage to officially adopt Janessa.
"She always tells me that whoever my mother is did it for her," said Janessa.
"I feel like it was divine intervention, it had to be, because I wasn't even supposed to be there," Sara said.
Nearly two decades of memories in their baby book are proof that these two were put in each other's lives for a reason.
"She's the best mom ever," Janessa said. "She's always been my mom."
"I wanted to be the one to teach her and mold her," Sara said.
Sara Gibbs works at Methodist Hospital in Germantown. This fall she'll send Janessa off to college. They believe their bond will only grow stronger after 18 years they'll never forget.
"She truly is a momma's girl," Sara said.
Copyright 2014 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:08:09 GMT
(WMC) - WMC Action News 5 has uncovered disturbing new details of the allegations behind the rape charge against a Mid-South millionaire businessman. WMC Action News 5's Nick Kenney took the new informationMore >>
Twenty toothbrushes, eight flash drives, four guns, nipple clamps, sex toys, lingerie: those are just a few of the items seized from the property of a Memphis businessman charged with rape. More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:52:07 GMT
The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Every day, hundreds of Mississippians get their cars inspected to make sure they are in proper driving condition. Also every day, hundreds of others don't. The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:43:46 GMT
As Ja-Naya Thompson's short life was celebrated, there were a lot of tears and hugs as hundreds of people paid their respects during the visitation and the funeral service.More >>
As Ja-Naya Thompson's short life was celebrated, there were a lot of tears and hugs as hundreds of people paid their respects during the visitation and the funeral service. People told me they went to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for two reasons, to mourn the loss of five year old Ja-Naya and to show support to the parents who must now face life without their beloved child.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:04:40 GMT
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber spoke out Monday on the sudden resignation of JPD Chief Lindsey Horton. The mayor praised former Chief Horton's work over the past year and his help with the administrative transition. ButMore >>
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber praised former Police Chief Lindsey Horton's work over the past year and his help with the administrative transition. But refuted rumors that Horton was forced out or asked to leave.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:13:25 GMT
The man arrested for the brutal murder of 67-year-old Ruth Helen Harrion went before a judge on Tuesday and was denied bond. 29-year-old Alonzo Stewart is charged with capital murder. Authorities sayMore >>
29-year-old Alonzo Stewart is charged with capital murder. Authorities say he lived a few houses away from Harrion in the Bel-Air Subdivision in Northwest Jackson.