CHICAGO (CBS) – Angela Farnan has been helping to care for the smallest patients in Peoria for over 30 years, but when a mother said she could no longer care for her newborn, the nurse in pediatric intensive care has gone above and beyond.
Farnan has adopted a baby with a congenital heart defect to make sure he can continue to receive the treatment he needs.
"God has put us where we are for a reason," said Farnan.
In May 2017, baby Blaze was born with a congenital heart defect requiring at least three surgeries before the age of 5.
He had his first operation at the age of 3 days only. Farnan was part of the Blaze team at Peoria OSF Children's Hospital for more than six months, quickly becoming a family for the newborn and his mother.
While Blaze was waiting for a second surgery, Farnan agreed to open his own home to accommodate the baby because his mother did not live close to the hospital and could not afford the intensive care he needed at the time. House.
On the day of her second operation in March 2018, Blaze's mother asked Farnan if she and her husband would consider adopting Blaze.
"She made the sincere decision to ask us if we would be willing to keep it on a permanent basis," said Farnan.
Farnan said that she and her husband fell in love with Blaze and knew immediately that it was the right choice to adopt him.
The couple filed an application for adoption in April 2018, which was formalized in June.
Farnan said going home under Blaze's smiling face helped ease the stressful days at work.
"I just need that face and that smile. I can have the worst day and all I want is to go home and see him. It just makes things better, "she said.
Blaze will have to undergo another surgery between 3 and 5 years and could possibly require a transplant.