9-year-old Sean Goldman was finally reunited with his father on Christmas Eve, after a five-year international custody battle!
Can you imagine if your son was taken from you? David Goldman has been living this nightmare for the last five years. But, just in time for Christmas 2009, father and son were reunited at long last on Dec. 24.
The very public, international saga began in 2004, when David Goldman’s wife, Bruna Bianchi, took their son, Sean, to her native country of Brazil for a vacation. She then divorced David and re-married a prominent Brazilian lawyer, refusing to send Sean back to the United States. David fought, but ultimately lost the case.
Then, in 2008, Bruna died while giving birth to her second child. Sean’s step-dad still wouldn’t relinquish the boy, claiming it would be too hard for the child to readjust in a country he no longer remembered. David still didn’t give up hope, visiting Brazil more than a dozen times, all the while garnering public support from both the Brazilian and U.S. presidents. He finally won his case Dec. 23.
David and Sean were reunited at the Brazilian U.S. consulate Dec. 24—just in time for the long-lost family to return home and celebrate the holidays together.
Merry Christmas, Goldman family! We’re so happy for you. Doesn’t this make YOU believe miracles can happen?