After little Giselle didn't have a single visitor after being in the NICU for five months, a nurse decided that she was the right person to become her new mom.
Having a baby is viewed by most as a blessing. A welcome addition to our family or the little something we have always wanted to make our life complete. However, what is often overlooked is the sad side of having children. Babies who are born into poverty, or families where they are not necessarily wanted or can't be cared for in the way they deserve.
While it isn't clear which of those categories little Giselle fell into, it's evident that she sadly wasn't born into a happy family. After being born prematurely and weighing less than two pounds, the newborn faced an uphill battle from day one. She was also suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition caused by being exposed to certain drugs while still in the womb.
At three months old, Giselles was taken from her mom and taken to the NICU at Franciscan Children’s hospital. In the five months that followed, Giselle didn't receive a single visitor. That's when Liz Smith first laid eyes on her. The woman that would soon become her adopted mom. After discovering that social workers had been trying and failing to place Giselle into foster care, Liz made a decision.
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Gisele was born prematurely weighing just 1 pound 14 ounces suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. When she arrived at Franciscan Children’s she was seemingly alone in the world facing an uphill battle of medical complications; until she met Liz. Liz, Senior Director of Nursing at Franciscan Children’s, was introduced to Gisele and felt an instant connection. As their bond grew Liz become her foster parent and soon after her adoptive parent. Read more of Liz & Gisele’s inspirational story via @BostonGlobe: bit.ly/Globe_LizandGisele [link in bio] 📷: @pizzuti_photography
"I’m going to foster this baby. I’m going to be her mother," Liz told herself. The nurse had always dreamed of starting her own family but felt as if time was quickly passing her by. She would visit Giselle after work every single day, ensuring that she was not alone. After a failed attempt to reunite the little one with her birth parents, Liz got parental rights of Giselle.
That will all likely feel like a distant memory for both Liz and Giselle by now. Giselle is now two years old and has left her medical issues behind her. She is even walking and has been saying her first words. Plus, after more than a year together, the mom and daughter took another big step last October when Giselle took on Liz's last name. Although it is sad for any child whose biological parents can't take care of them, we are in no doubt that Giselle will have a great life with Liz as her mom.