Nobody Visits This Girl in the Hospital for Long Five Months And Nurse Decides to Adopt Her

Losing her mother at the age of 19 hadn’t been easy for Liz Smith. She could only imagine what the tiny, fragile, and sickly 8-month-old would pass through with both her parents absent from her life. Poor Gisele had suffered from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at birth due to her mother’s abuse ...
Losing her mother at the age of 19 hadn’t been easy for Liz Smith. She could only imagine what the tiny, fragile, and sickly 8-month-old would pass through with both her parents absent from her life.

Poor Gisele had suffered from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at birth due to her mother’s abuse of heroin, cocaine, and methadone during pregnancy. The NAS badly affected the little girl’s development. Her lungs were extremely fragile and underdeveloped, and she needed to use a feeding tube due to an oral aversion she was dealing with. Since both her parents were absent, she became a ward of the State receiving care at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Nobody Visits This Girl in the Hospital for Long Five Months And Nurse Decides to Adopt Her
45-year-old Liz Smith, a director of nursing at the hospital had been stunned when she saw the little girl. As beautiful as a delicate flower, she had soft brown curly hair and lovely blue eyes. Smith asked about her and was told that the girl had been born pre-term at 29 weeks in July, 2016 at another hospital. She’d spent 5 months at FCH and during this period, not a single person had visited her. She was completely alone in the world.

Love at first sight

Speaking to Washington Post, Smith said she knew right at that moment that she had to be this baby’s mother. The connection had been purely cosmic.

“Since the moment I met her, there was something behind her striking blue eyes capturing my attention,” she said. “I felt that I needed to love this child and keep her safe. She was behind developmentally, and I wanted to get her out of the hospital and get her thriving.”
Nobody Visits This Girl in the Hospital for Long Five Months And Nurse Decides to Adopt Her

She’d learned to always make such sacrifices from her mom, who had been a nurse. She’d always wanted to get married and have her own kids, but time just happened to speed past her. With all the love in the world, she’s happy being an aunt to her siblings’ kids.

“I never imagined becoming a mom would be a challenge,” she said about the issue of having kids. “It’s a desire you can try to push away and fill with other distractions, but it never goes away.” At some point, she planned to conceive through IVF, but she found out she wasn’t a viable candidate. She was still considering her sister’s suggestion of adoption when Gisele came her way.

Three weeks later, after the State promised to find the girl’s birth parents, Liz was permitted to take her home. It was good for the baby to start getting used to life outside the hospital environment.

“Leaving the parking lot of the hospital with Gisele and a car full of baby stuff, I was in shock that it was happening,” she said. “I was excited but nervous, realizing that I was committing everything I had to this child who might not be in my life forever.”

The truest kind of love

The baby’s parents were allowed to visit her weekly under supervision, but the court later on revoked all their parental rights. They’d been found unfit to cater for the child. Smith was overjoyed that the baby could then be hers forever, but she was also sad at the reality it meant for Gisele’s parents.

“The day I got the call that their parental rights were terminated was very sad,” she said. “My gain was another’s loss. It’s a feeling difficult to describe when you are experiencing this life-changing moment that someone else is as well, in the opposite way. The bottom line is: It’s devastating for another family.”
Nobody Visits This Girl in the Hospital for Long Five Months And Nurse Decides to Adopt Her

In October 2017, the court finally handed over all parental rights to Liz, recognizing her as the baby’s parent. At that time, the baby was already walking and saying a few words. She was being taken care of by Liz and her brother Phil, 44, who was living with them at the time.

“This is the mother-daughter relationship my sister has waited a long time for,” Phil said. “It’s plain to see that they have brought completeness to each other.”

“Her new favorite song is ‘You Are My Sunshine,’” said Liz. “And every time she sings it, I think to myself, ‘You have no idea.’”

Nearly 2 now, the girl has come to love avocados, cheese, and pizza. Despite still needing to use a feeding tube, she’s full of life, happiness, joy, and she loves to sing all the time.