When Gisele was born she weighed one lb and 14 oz. Her mother was addicted to drugs which resulted in Gisele being born at just 29 months. The family would visit the premature baby, but over time, fewer relatives came to see her as it seemed more and more likely she would be given up for adoption or placed in foster care.
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Meet Liz Smith, a 40-year-old senior director of nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston, who thought her opportunity of having a child of her own was no longer feasible. Her work had consumed her life, and it had reached the point where doctors were telling her that even having a baby through IVF wasn’t a possibility.
“That was a bad day,” Smith said. Ironically enough, Gisele was introduced to Smith by nurses. “A few of the nurses at Franciscan Children’s Hospital approached me and asked, ‘Have you met Gisele?’ and I said, ‘No. Why?’ and they said, ‘She needs a medical foster home and you two are the perfect pair,'” Smith told CBS News.
In October 2016, Gisele was put into the state’s custody where she would receive a supervised visit from her birth mother. According to Unilad.com, those visit happened less and less until she stopped coming at all.
This was around the time that fate brought Smith and Gelese together. “Literally, Gisele crossed my path in a stroller and we locked eyes and that was it.” In 2018, Smith finalized the adoption papers with the judge presiding over the case cheering her on.
“A birthing day is a miracle. But adopting a child from miles away is destiny. That’s what brought you two together,” she said before ruling Smith as the adopted mother. Gisele is still facing an uphill battle as she still requires a feeding tube to get her daily nutrition.
Smith told CNN the doctors were impressed with how well Gisele is increasing in strength and stature.
Smith credits the power of love and compassion as the reason for her healthy turnaround. “To witness how [love] can transform a life, to witness how it’s transformed her life and mine, is unbelievable.”