A heartwarming story of a caring nurse who adopted a baby who had no visitors till five months and was going through some medical challenges too.
After years of hoping and trying to become a mother, one nurse's dream finally came true when she met a new patient whose own family couldn't care for her and she had no visitors and family who would care for her.Her story is quite inspiring and motivating.
Liz Smith was the director of nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. She had no clue what her job is leading her to. Liz lost her mother due to cancer when she was 19. Then she wanted to start her family but had to struggle with infertility.
Then one day she spotted a new baby patient in the NICU and she was told that the eight-month-old baby girl named Gisele had been recently admitted in the hospital.
Gisele was born premature and weighed only two pounds at the time of birth. She was suffering because of her mother's drug use during pregnancy. When Liz saw her she was in a very bad condition and required a feeding tube and special care for her lungs.
Then Liz got to know about Gisele that she had no visitors in 5 months and a foster home was being searched for her. Liz then knew that she had to step forward for the baby. She visited Gisele everyday after her shift and finally she got the baby as her foster parent.
"Leaving the parking lot of the hospital with Gisele and a car full of baby stuff, I was in shock that it was happening,” said Liz in an interview with The Washington Post.
While the state was still looking for Gisele's birth parents. And they were granted weekly visits. Under Liz's care, Gisele began developing and took her first steps and began speaking words.
Gisele's parents were deemed incapable of caring for their daughter. And that made Liz think that she could apply for adoption.
The day I got the call that their parental rights were terminated was very sad,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post. “My gain was another’s loss."
Liz Smith, Director of Nursing, knew from a young age that she wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a pediatric nurse. What she didn’t know is that her nursing career would lead her to find her daughter. Read more via @washingtonpost: https://t.co/SbQQGmrsHJ pic.twitter.com/VKrxIcuBzb— Franciscan Childrens (@FranciscanHFC) April 4, 2019
She soon was declared a legal mom of Gisele and her dream finally came true. To celebrate this she shared a photo of them both.
As this is a happy ending of their story but still Liz and Gisele had to face sone medical struggles As of April 2019, Gisele still required a feeding tube but is making huge strides in her growth and development.
Their news spread nationwide and touched people's hearts!