At 2 months old, Coleman was severely neglected and below his own birth weight after being born to drug-addicted parents.
The baby boy was struggling to survive to the point that doctors thought he might not make it.
Then Blaine Hamilton’s parents stepped in and turned the baby boy’s life around.
In a tweet that has since gone viral, Blaine has revealed that Coleman is her cousin on her mother’s side.
While speaking with BuzzFeed later, Blaine said Coleman’s mother, Kaysi, is Coleman’s father’s sister.
The family knew something was amiss when baby Coleman had to be rushed to the hospital at just 8 weeks old.
“He was… malnourished and exposed to harmful drugs,” Kaysi told BuzzFeed. “He was taken by care flight to a children’s hospital at 8 weeks old.”
"He was my brother's son, so knowing that he is with his biological family and that he will grow up with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. is comforting and rewarding to us," she added.
Although Blaine’s parents already had children of their own by the time Coleman came along, they quickly stepped in an offered to take the baby boy in as their own child shortly after he was taken to the hospital.
“We were overwhelmed about starting over, but we knew it was the right decision for our family,” Kaysi told BuzzFeed, adding that people in the community had graciously donated baby supplies to help smooth the transition.
Though the family only had about a week to prepare for Coleman’s arrival, they ultimately made it work after babyproofing the house and coordinating with babysitters to help out when they were at work and school.
Coleman is now 17 months old and thriving, while his adoption is expected to be formally finalized within the next 30 days.
"People we knew — we live in a really small town — actually showed up and brought us stuff," Blaine said. "It’s been a big change, but we love him so much."
The Hamiltons revealed that their extended family members have also stepped in to help raise Coleman; it’s truly a team effort.
Last week, Blaine tweeted four photos of Coleman’s progress from the time he was taken to the hospital to now.
In a matter of just a few days, Blaine’s tweet has gone viral, with people from all over the world praising her family for stepping up to care for the baby boy in his time of need.