Luca Trapanese, 41, adopted baby Alba in 2017 when she was barely two weeks old.
Being a gay, single man in Italy proved to be a massive hurdle when it came to adopting.
So, he did not hesitate when an orphanage called and told him Alba could be his daughter.
Put up for adoption by her mother, she had been rejected by 20 families, including her own, because of her condition.
Alba was born with Down syndrome, a disability Luca easily overlooked.
“Since I was 14 years old, I have volunteered and worked with the disabled,” Luca told the BBC last December.
“So I felt I had the right knowledge and experience to do it.”