Nurse adopts premature baby who spent months at hospital

Liz Smith and Giselle

Liz Smith and Giselle

She suffered from infertility and went through several treatments that didn't work.

- A MA director of nursing who at the end of each workday took to visiting an infant who had landed in her hospital is now the girl's mother after she had volunteered to foster her when the state gained custody of her in October 2016. She was born prematurely, after just 29 weeks, weighing less than two pounds.

The little baby had no visitors for months as she was being cared for by nurses in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Smith said, "A few of the nurses at Franciscan Children's Hospital approached me and asked, 'Have you met Giselle?' and I said, 'No".

"I said, 'No, why?' She said, 'She needs a medical foster home and you two are the flawless pair, '" Smith recalled Thursday on CNN's "New Day".

Liz Smith, 45, was devastated when she realised baby Gisele wasn't getting any visitors. After seeing this baby, who was in need of someone to provide love and affection, Smith decided she would be the one to give it to her. But a lengthy legal process was ahead, given that the baby was a custodian of the state when she arrived at Franciscan Children's. She had complex medical needs, and after a while family members had stopped coming to visit. The baby went to live with the nurse in April 2017.

Speaking to CNN, Ms Smith said: "It was an emotional roller coaster". "When I initially started fostering her, the goal was reunification with her birth parents".

United Kingdom finance minister sees deal with Labour on Brexit
Many MPs believe leaving without a formal deal would create problems for businesses and cause difficulties at ports. The Europeans would prefer that Britain not take part in the European Parliament elections if it is going to leave.

Ms. Smith, the hospital's senior director of nursing, said in the blog post: "When I got the call that the parents' rights were terminated, I imagined that it would be a day of relief". "They were always supportive and noticed how healthy she looked when they did see her".

Then, nine months after Smith began fostering Gisele, the state ended the birth parents' parental rights. "It was a very bittersweet". I was really happy.

Smith made the adoption official in October 2018. Gisele was 2 years old.

Ms Smith said: "She is thriving".

Now nearly three years old, Gisele still receives her nutrition through a supplemental feeding tube but has started eating some solid foods like cheese, pizza and avocados. "They can't believe the strides that she's made and how healthy and strong she is. Her resilience is inspiring to me and every day I'm amazed by her".

Gisele didn't have the best start in life. And the toddler continues to teach Smith the handsome meaning of life and motherhood. "To witness how [love] can transform a life, to witness how it's transformed her life and mine, is unbelievable", she said.

Liz Smith always wanted to be a mom but her health insurance did not cover in-vitro fertilization.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.