PEORIA, Ill. –
A nurse in Peoria, Illinois, has been caring for the youngest and sickest babies for 32 years, but she recently decided to take care of it on a whole new level, reports WHOI.
Angela Farnan works in the pediatric intensive care unit and helps children with congenital heart problems.
During their stay at the USIP, Farnan and his patients become like a family. but this time she actually did it.
"I was part of the care team that took care of him after the surgery, then I continued to treat him because he was in the hospital for six and a half months" said Farnan.
Blaze was born with a hypoplastic left cardiac syndrome, a congenital heart defect. His first surgery took place while it was only three days old. His second operation, eight months later.
In the meantime, the Farnan family opened their home in Blaze because their biological family could not.
"We are delighted that he is doing well, but we know that he is getting closer to us and that he has to return it to his family," said Farnan.
But after her second surgery, Blaze's biological mother did not think she could keep up the pace.
"She made a very sincere decision to ask us if we would be willing to keep it on a permanent basis." It was a moving moment, she was in tears .Inside, we are ecstatic but sad for this mom who feels a loss." Said Farnan.
"We just fell in love with him, we wanted him and we had a chance to find him.It's like" wow, we can keep him now. "It was not a seated discussion, do we want to do that," said Rick Farnan, Blaze's father.
The Farnans have always wanted to have children but could have none.
"I've always wanted to be a mother and then, you just need to realize and trust God and believe that he has a bigger goal for you," said Angela Farnan.
On June 8, 2018, a crowded audience hall celebrated the adoption of Blaze.
Today, the family goes on a trip and there is no doubt that Blaze is an active little boy who loves life.
"He just has a good little personality and people are attracted to him, besides being so cute," Rick Farnan said.
Blaze dances on "Baby Shark", rides his bike and gives kisses to his great-grandmother and all the people he meets.
And who knows, with his love for golf, he may become a professional day.
Blaze will have to undergo a third operation in a few years; he may need a transplant someday.
His parents said that they could not do it without the incredible nurses and doctors who helped them from the beginning.
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