Four years ago yesterday (January 8), a sweet, special little girl was born…Miss Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt! To illustrate just how far little Zee Zee has come, let’s take a look back at her life so far.
Zahara (seen here at the tender age of 5 months in her adoption file photo) was adopted by Angelina Jolie on July 6, 2005. Although Angelina adopted as a single parent, Brad Pitt accompanied her, and looking back it is now pretty obvious that, as far as they were concerned, she was THEIR daughter from the very beginning, not just Angie’s. Zahara joined her big brother Maddox, who was just a month shy of 4 at the time. Shortly after arriving back in the states with her new family, a very ill Zahara landed in the hospital, where she was found to be malnourished, dehydrated, and suffering from a severe case of samonella posoining. She ended up spending a week at the hospital, with her mother at her side. Happily, Zahara pulled through. However, things could have very easily turned out very different from her. The doctor who treated Zahara said, according to PEOPLE magazine, that Zahara would almost certainly have died of the Samonella posioning if Angie hadn’t adopted her.
Today, it’s very hard to believe that Zee Zee was once at death’s door. She now has an additional older brother (Pax Thien), and three younger siblings (Shiloh Nouvel, Knox Leon, and Vivienne Marcheline).