"Who’s this beautiful angel?"
April 5, 2019 10:38 AM   Subscribe

An infant did not have any hospital visitors for five months. So this nurse adopted her. WaPo | MSN
Smith learned that Gisele, then 8 months old, had been born premature at another hospital in July 2016, weighing just under 2 pounds. She had neonatal abstinence syndrome — a result of her birth mother using heroin, cocaine and methadone during pregnancy.

The state of Massachusetts took custody of Gisele when she was 3 months old and transferred her to Franciscan Children’s because her lungs needed specialized care, and she had a feeding tube. The baby did not have a single visitor in her five months at the hospital.

Social service workers were trying to place her in foster care.

"Gisele,” Smith told herself all the way home that evening. “Gisele.” It was at that moment, said Smith, that she knew: “I'm going to foster this baby. I'm going to be her mother.”
posted by Johnny Wallflower (9 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
Stupid onions.
posted by allkindsoftime at 10:46 AM on April 5, 2019 [11 favorites]


Also +1M karma for this wonderful woman.
posted by allkindsoftime at 10:46 AM on April 5, 2019


This definitely gets you into the Good Place.
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:05 AM on April 5, 2019 [4 favorites]


The headline calls her “this nurse” when the subject of the article (Smith) is actually the Director of Nursing.
posted by 41swans at 11:07 AM on April 5, 2019 [24 favorites]


I only just stopped crying about the kitty on the bike and now this. You guys are killing me today.
posted by briank at 11:23 AM on April 5, 2019 [7 favorites]


Jesus the last line of that WaPo article broke this crusty old dad's heart.
posted by saladin at 11:50 AM on April 5, 2019 [5 favorites]


I have considered looking into foster-to-adopt and the part that really gives me pause is the family on the other side, and what it would mean for them.
posted by Emmy Rae at 1:11 PM on April 5, 2019 [6 favorites]


Also, thank you for making me cry again today, Johnny!

I'm not even being sarcastic.
posted by Emmy Rae at 1:11 PM on April 5, 2019 [1 favorite]


In case anyone has extra tissues: Dad who overcame paralysis surprises daughter with 1st dance on her wedding day (Nicole Pelletiere, GMA)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:33 PM on April 5, 2019 [1 favorite]


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