Meant to be: Nurse adopts baby left alone at hospital


DISCOVERED. ERIKA TARANTAL STARTS US OFF
WITH HER STORY. ERIKA: AS A CHILD, SHE NEVER
QUESTIONED WHAT SHE WANTED TO BE
WHEN SHE GREW UP.>>I ALWAYS HAD TWO DREAMS, TO
BE A NURSE AND A MOM. ERIKA: AFTER GRADUATING FROM
COLLEGE SHE MOVED UP THE NURSING
RANKS QUICKLY, BECOMING DIRECTOR
OF NURSING AT BOSTON’S
FRANCISCAN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.>>IT WAS EASY FOR ME BUT
BECOMING A MOM WAS NOT. I STRUGGLED WITH NAVIGATING
THROUGH TOUGH RELATIONSHIPS AND
TRYING TO FIND MY WAY. I WAS CAREER FOCUSED FOR A LONG
TIME AND LOVED IT. BY THE TIME I PUT THOUGHT IN TO
IT I WAS IN MY EARLY 40’S. ERIKA: AND RESIGNED TO NOT BEING
A MOM. HER SISTER KNEW SOMETHING WAS
OFF.>>SHE KNEW I WAS NOT MYSELF,
NOT AS HAPPY AS I TYPICALLY WAS. SHE SAID, I THINK YOU NEED TO
EXPLORE HAVING A CHILD ON YOUR
OWN. ERIKA: SHE BEGAN BY CONSULTING
WITH VERTRO THAT FERTILITY
SPECIALISTS.>>I JUST NEED ONE EGG, AND I
WAS THE WITH HOPE AND THOUGHT,
THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. THE IDEA OF DOING IT ALONE IS
SCARY BU AT THAT TIME I MADE
THE DECISION THAT IS WHAT I
WANTED. IT TURNED QUICKLY. ERIKA: HER DOCTORS CALLED WITH
HEARTBREAKING NEWS.>>IT WAS YOUR CLINICAL PICTURE
HAS CHANGED AND IT REALLY RULED
ME OUT FOR ANY ATTEMPTS TO HAVE
A CHILD ON MY OWN. AND THAT IS WHEN I WAS JUST
DEVASTATED. I WANT TO THAT FEELING OF
CARRYING A CHILD AND DELIVERING
A BABY AND EXPERIENCING WHAT MY
MOM HAD. THERE IS SUCH A PRESSURE AS A
WOMAN TO GET MARRIED AND HAVE
CHILDREN ON A CERTAIN TIMELINE
AND I HAD THAT IN MY MIND. ERIKA: SHE PUT HER HEART AND
SOUL INTO HER WORK, NEVER
EXPECTING WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.>>I WALKED OUT OF INPATIENT AND
THIS — WHO IS THAT ANGEL? THEY SAID THIS IS GISELLE. THESE BIG BLUE EYES WERE — ALL
OF MY EMOTIONS AND
CONVERSATIONS, I SAID THIS IS
MEANT TO BE. LOOKING AT HER, I KNEW SHE
NEEDED ME AS MUCH AS I NEEDED
HER. ERIKA: GISELLE, BORN AT 29
WEEKS, WEIGHING ONE POUND, 14
OUNCES, SUFFERED FROM NEONATAL
ABSTINENCE — ABSENCE SYNDROME
BECAUSE SHE WAS EXPOSED TO
DRUGS. THE STATE RULED HER PARENTS
UNFIT AND WAS TAKEN INTO
CUSTODY. SMITH BECAME GISELLE’S FOSTER
MOTHER, KNOWING THE INFANT COULD
BE REUNIFIED WITH HER BIRTH. SPERRY AND>>I KNEW IT WAS —
WITH HER PARENTS.>>I KNEW IT WAS A POSSIBILITY. THE STATE UNDERSTANDABLY DOES
EVERYTHING TO REUNIFY KIDS WITH
BIRTH PARENTS BECAUSE THERE IS A
LOT OF THAT TO IT. IN THIS CASE THEY WERE NOT ABLE
TO TAKE CARE OF HER. ERIKA: SMITH’S MEDICAL
BACKGROUND MADE HER AN IDEAL
CANDIDATE TO BECOME GISELLE’S
MOTHER. THIS WAS FINALIZED OCTOBER 18,
2018. NOW IT IS YOU AND GISELLE AT
HOME AND SHE CALLS YOU MOM. YOU FEEL FULFILLED?>>I DO AND BEYOND. EVERY TIME I HEAR IT, I CAN’T
BELIEVE IT. ERIKA: GISELLE WAS ADOPTED FROM
THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILIES EVEN THOUGH DCF
ADOPTIONS ARE ON THE RISE, 1200
CHILDREN IN DCF CUSTODY ARE
AWAITING NEW HOMES. THIS IS A PRIVATE NONPROFIT
CORPORATION THAT CONTRACTS WITH
THE STATE TO HELP THOSE LOOKING
TO ADOPT THROUGH DCF.>>THE CHILDREN IN STATE CARE
HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT. THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THEIR
FAMILIES THROUGH NO FAULT OF
THEIR OWN AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY
IS TO HELP PROVIDE THEM WITH A
FUTURE. EVERYBODY NEEDS A FAMILY, NO
MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE, YOU NEED
A LOVING SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. THE WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR
THESE CHILDREN IS TO CONNECT
THEM WITH APPARENT WHO CAN ADOPT
AND BE THAT SUPPORT FOR THEM. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR FOLKS TO
KNOW THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR COST
FOR A FAMILY THAT ADOPTS THROUGH
THE STATE.>>YOU WANT TO DO IT TOGETHER?>>YEAH. KATIE: WHILE GISELE IS STILL
DEALING WITH MEDICAL CHALLENGES,
SHE IS THRIVING. SOME OF HER FAVORITE THINGS ARE
PLAYING DR. THERE IN HANGING OUT
WITH MOM. — PLAYING DR., HANGING OUT WITH
MOM AND SINGING HER SPECIAL
SONG.>>ME AND YOU. SHE GOES, YOU AND ME — ALL THE
TIME, THE TWO OF US. I CAN’T EXPLAIN HOW I FEEL WHEN
THAT COMES UP. IT IS A BOND I NEVER EXPERIENCED
.
[APPLAUSE]
[LAUGHTER]
SHAYNA: SO SWEET AND SHE HAS
ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO THINK MOTHERHOOD IS NOT IN THE CARDS
FOR THEM. BE OPEN TO THINGS YOU DON’T PLAN
FOR, LIKE ADOPTION. SHE SAID FOSTERING AND ADOPTING
TRANSFORMED BOTH OF THEIR LIVES. CAMBRIDGE FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S
SERVICE HELPS PROSPECTIVE
PARENTS NAVIGATE VARIOUS
SITUATIONS, WORKING WITH
CHILDREN IN DCF AND THOSE WITH
MEDICAL ISSUES. THEY AIM TO FIND A FOREVER HOME
FOR EVERYONE.

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