The year is 1960. A baby boy is born at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio. "I know very little about my background apart from that I am Hispanic. I really don't know anything about my biological mother or father."
But a Texas couple would soon become his parents and name him, Edward Dominguez. "So, I actually arrived in their house on August 6, approximately two weeks after my birth date. It was one of those leaps of faith for my parents. I guess because they didn't really know what they were getting until they got me," says Ed with a chuckle.
At 4 year old, Ed would discover how he came to be part of the Dominguez family. He says, "The first thing I remember was them reading a book to me about adoption."
While he appreciates their honestly, it made him wonder. "In the back of my mind was always the thought, was I not good enough or what was it that lead to me being put up for adoption," explains Ed.
With no answers, Ed rebelled as a teenager. "I can assure you that challenging my parents on the issue of adoption and the circumstances surrounding it was certainly a hot button."
As he got older, he would see things differently. "It wasn't until much later that I began to really appreciate the risk that they took and the amount of love that was required to do that."
A Gift of Love that has become even more special recently with the passing of his mother May 4. "That love was demonstrated everyday, particularly by mom." With tears welling up in his eyes Ed goes on to say, "When you lose your mom, it's a very difficult time. When you lose someone that didn't have to have you and didn't have to spend their life giving up so much sacrifice to raise you and to make sure that you had every opportunity to be successful."
And he ceased every opportunity. Today, Ed is know as Dr. Ed; an Infectious Disease physician in Tyler. "They gave me this sense of self value, this sense of motivation, this sense of appreciation for people who are placed in situations not of their choosing," says Dr. Ed.
Dr. Ed is now the proud father of 4 children and the birth of each had special meaning for him. "Holding them and giving them their first little bath in the hospital was always a wonderful moment because I had never touched anybody who was related to me and I didn't know what that felt like."
But he did know what it felt like to be loved, unconditionally, by two wonderful people he called mom and dad. "Now that I only have one surviving parent, I've resolved to do a better job at that because I've taken that for granted. When someone is taken from you, you regret all those opportunities you missed to tell them how important they are to you and how grateful you are, all the sacrifice that they've made and all the gifts they have given you."
Dr. Ed has a younger sister, who is also adopted. And, other members of his extended family have since adopted children as well.
If you are interested in finding out about East Texas children available for adoption, call our Gift of Love hotline 1-888-kids-275.