Liz Smith became the saviour for a baby girl who was left at the hospital for months. She fell in love with her and took care of her, finally becoming a mother to the baby girl
The kindness of strangers can sometimes change people's lives. Liz Smith, a nurse came as an angel into the life of a little baby and changed her life forever. In the five months of her stay at the hospital where Liz worked, baby Gisele had no visitors. The little girl seems to have been abandoned by her family, and Liz decided to change that.
Liz Smith, director of nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton was heading home from an exhausting day at work when she noticed a nurse wheeling a tiny girl with bright blue eyes and a single soft brown curl across her forehead. Having never seen her before, she enquired the whereabouts of the little girl, MSN reports. Smith learned that Gisele, who was 8 months then, was born prematurely in another hospital in July 2016. Due to her birth mother's drug abuse, the little girl was diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome and weighed only two pounds at the time of birth.
According to the Fox News, when Gisele was three months old, the state of Massachusetts took custody of the baby girl and transferred her to Franciscan Children’s for the specialized treatment of her lungs. While the social workers were trying to place her in foster care, the infant was abandoned at the hospital and didn't have a single visitor in the span of five months.
Liz Smith who instantly felt attached to the baby Gisele, at first sight, decided to foster the little girl. It was at that moment, said Smith, that she knew: “I'm going to foster this baby. I'm going to be her mother”. After putting down the request for fostering the baby girl, Liz Smith spent hours next to the crib, talking softly to Gisele.
Smith who was 45, always wanted to marry and raise a family. However, it never happened. Though her siblings began to marry and have kids of their own, she struggled to become a mother as she realized that she was not a good candidate for IVF. “I never imagined becoming a mom would be a challenge. It’s a desire you can try to push away and fill with other distractions, but it never goes away," said Liz Smith. However, she took the role of a super aunt to her 13 nieces and nephews.
Liz finally got the approval in April 2017 when Gisele was 9 months old. "She was behind developmentally, and I wanted to get her out of the hospital and get her thriving,” Smith recalled. Liz was excited and nervous by the sudden change in life but she was happy to have the little girl by her side.
Though Gisele's birth parents were given the permission for supervised weekly visitations, it was later determined by the state that her parents were incapable of looking after the kid and Gisele was given up for adoption due to the absence of other family members.
Liz was thrilled that she could apply for adoption but was left with mixed emotions. "When I got the call that the parents’ rights were terminated, I imagined that it would be a day of relief. And it was a day I was really sad. I was really happy. But I was really sad for them. I was gaining her but they were losing her. And to try to battle addiction and being a mom, that’s impossible,” said Liz.
While the adoption papers were still in process, little Gisele began to thrive under the care of Liz. The little infant took her first steps and even said her first-word ‘badoon,’ for balloon.”
On Oct. 18 2018, after the end of a long struggle, Liz was finally granted the permission to become Gisele's legal parent, her mother. “This is the mother-daughter relationship my sister has waited a long time for. It’s plain to see that they have brought a completeness to each other," said Phil Smith, Liz's brother.
Today, Gisele is two years old and 23 pounds. While she still receives her nutrition through a feeding tube, Liz has started giving her solid foods like pizza, avocado and cheese.