Illinois nurse adopts infant with heart condition after 'falling in love' with him while he was under her care
Nurse Angela Farnan had been looking after baby Blaze who was born with an underdeveloped heart for months when the child's mother asked her if she wanted to adopt him
In a heartwarming story, an Illinois nurse adopted a baby boy with a congenital heart defect who was under her care throughout his intense medical treatment.
Nurse Angela Farnan was looking after baby Blaze who was born with an underdeveloped heart on May 30, 2017 at the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital in Illinois, according to Daily Mail. His condition required multiple life-threatening operations and constant medical care. Baby Blaze's first surgery took place when he was just three days old.
The baby was ordered to remain in the hospital or in medical foster care for 10 months before his next operation. That is when Farnan stepped in to look after the baby. She had been working in the hospital for 32 years.
Following his second operation, Blaze's parents realized the severity of his health condition and the incredible support Farnan offered the infant, and they asked if she'd consider taking in the child. Farnan herself wanted a child but was told by doctors she couldn't conceive. Married for 11 years, it was a dream come true for Farnan and her husband Rick Farnan.
"We didn’t even look at each other. Rick and I didn’t need to have a discussion. We said, 'absolutely'," Angela said. "I think our response came out of our mouths at the same time. We were ecstatic."
Blaze's birthmother told Farnan: "We want what's best for him." The child's parents not only live far from the hospital but also did not have the financial means to give him the extensive care he needed.
"She said she wanted to be a good mom and I told her she was a great mom and never let anyone tell her differently. She made a very tough decision to do what she felt was right for Blaze," Farnan added. "It was quite an emotional day because my husband and I fell in love with him and it was getting closer and closer to when we had to give him back."
Farnan's husband Rick blessed Blaze's birthmother. "The birth mom, God bless her. She made a heartfelt, heart-breaking decision. Angela and I just put our heads together and said, "can you believe it? He’s going to be ours,"' he said.
The couple filed adoption papers in April 2018 and the adoption was finalized in June. On Good Morning America, Farnan said, "I really feel that he has blessed our lives. He's full of joy. His smile lights up the room. Becoming a parent for the first time, I can't describe the feeling. It was one of the best days of our lives."
Blaze still has to undergo a third surgery and may require a heart transplant one day.