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Twin Boys Emerge From Nightmare, Find A Magnificence Life

Four years ago, these beautiful little boys were discovered–caged– in a cockroach-infested house in Phoenix, Az. Neither one of them could speak and they were referred to as feral children. Luis and Sylvia Vineagra heard of the children’s plight and compassion rose in their hearts–to such degree that they took the 9-year-old twins and an older brother into their home. Today, these boys have emerged from abysmal, unthinkable torture into a magnificent life.

Luis and Sylvia cried when they learned of the squalid living conditions of the children.

“My wife and I said what they need is a lot of love and nurturing,” Viniegra said. “I said, ‘let’s roll up our sleeves, change diapers, potty train and teach them language.'”

The couple now admits they really had no comprehension of the difficulties they would face, and at times they felt overwhelmed. But they persisted and now the boys are thriving in an exceptional way. One child is winning spelling bees, the oldest is reading at graduate school level, and the youngest is a fantastic artist.

It was a year ago that the Vineagra’s decided to adopt the children, and a couple of weeks past on National Adoption Days the boys’ last name was legally changed from Rodriguez to Viniegra. At the conclusion of the stirring ceremony one of the twins made a fist and with a resounding voice said, “Yes!”

I salute this beautiful family; these exceptional children and the loving, caring mother and father–Luis and Sylvia Vineagra.


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

20 replies on “Twin Boys Emerge From Nightmare, Find A Magnificence Life”

I was watching TV yesterday and I heard another tremendous story that left me pensive and with a feeling of being powerless all day. How can a parent make a baby, a son live such horrible experiences. Why are the most vulnerable always the ones who have to pay the rage and anger and frustration of the “strongest”?



Thank you for your comments and your love and concern for the less fortunate, and your commendation of these tremendous adults.

Mindy, I tried to post on your blog, but evidently one needs to be a member to make a comment. Anyway, I enjoyed reading of your family and your Thanksgiving.


This brought tears to my eyes. We have studied a bit about “feral children” in some of my classes and I just can’t imagine life for those boys. God made us in such a way that we NEED love and affection to grow… emotionally AND physically healthy. This is an amazing story. Thank you for sharing.


Wonderful story. I’m convinced that our Country has more good people doing good things than all the bad stuff that we hear about all the time.
Also, this story blows away the excuses that criminals give for justifying bad deeds. Blaming it on their childhood. What loosers. Thanks for sharing.


Sometimes, Jayleigh, when I speak in a place where there are children, I look at them and try to imagine the grief they may be enduring, and that no one knows it.

On a more positive note, I also consider their talents and abilities–and who they may become–preachers, teachers, government leaders, the president of the United States, moms, dads…

Children are precious, so vulnerable, but so full of promise.

Love you


What an amazing story, I’m so glad to hear things are looking so good for those boys.

This seems to be a testimony to the amazing potential in children. One might think they would be scarred for life to the point were they couldn’t acheive and do what they are doing now. But in the right environment they have come such a long way in four short years.

And thank God for those adopting parents who gave so much of themselves to provide the right environment.


Hi, Lynda–

Welcome to my blog. I totally agree with your calling the Vineagras heroes. It all sounds so wonderful now, but there is not doubt they went through extreme challenges to bring those boys to where they are today.

Be blessed


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