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Nurse Adopts Baby Boy She Watched Over In Intensive Care Unit

Sometimes when everything feels like it’s going wrong and the world is against you, a feel-good story is all you need to restore your faith and keep moving forward.

Fortunately, we have such a story for you today about an Illinois Nurse who recently adopted one of the babies she cared for in the pediatric intensive care unit. You might want to go ahead and grab some tissues.

Angela Farnan is a primary charge nurse at OSF Children’s Hospital in Illinois where she recently adopted one of her tiny patients, a 1-year-old boy named Blaze.


Angela was never able to have children of her own but often calls her tiny patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) her kids.

Blaze was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome or HLHS.


According to the CDC, HLHS is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. As the baby develops during pregnancy, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. Babies born with HLHS require surgeries soon after birth.

Blaze has his first procedure when he was just three days old and had a second surgery just months after. The one-year-old will require a third surgery and may even need a heart transplant in the future.

Angela was one of the many nurses who cared for baby Blaze in the ICU.


She says Blaze’s biological parents lived far away and did not have the resources to commute back and forth or pay for his medical bills. After speaking with his biological family, Angela requested short-term guardianship of Blaze.

Not long after Blaze’s second surgery, his birth mother asked Angela to permanently adopt her son.


“It was quite an emotional day because my husband and I fell in love with him and it was getting close and closer to when we had to give him back,” Angela said.

“[Blaze’s mom] said she and her husband were discussing us keeping Blaze on a permanent basis,” Angela added. “She was crying and said, ‘I just don’t want anyone to feel like I’m a bad mom.’ I said she just made the best decision as a mom and there was no question that she loves Blaze.”

Angela and her husband Rick have officially become Blaze’s new parents and could not be more excited to welcome the sweet boy into their lives permanently.

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“I really feel that he has blessed our lives,” Angela, told Good Morning America. “He’s full of joy. His smile lights up the room.”

Find out more about Blaze’s story in this touching video.

Becoming Family

When Angela Farnan was asked to take her care for a young complex congenital heart patient to the next level, she - and her PICU family - answered the call. Read more at

Posted by OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois on Friday, March 22, 2019

h/t Good Morning America

Written by Emily Burns

Writer and editorial specialist based out of Austin, TX.