Gisele was born prematurely weighing just 1 pound 14 ounces suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. When she arrived at Franciscan Children's she was seemingly alone in the world facing an uphill battle of medical complications; until she met Liz. Liz, Senior Director of Nursing at Franciscan Children's, was introduced to Gisele and felt an instant connection. As their bond grew Liz become her foster parent and soon after her adoptive parent. Read more of Liz & Gisele's inspirational story via @BostonGlobe: bit.ly/Globe_LizandGisele [link in bio] 📷: @pizzuti_photography
After putting in a request to foster Gisele, Liz visited her room every day and sat next to her crib.
'I felt that I needed to love this child and keep her safe,' Liz recalls.
In April 2017, Liz was able to take Gisele home - where her birth parents were granted weekly visits.
But their parental rights were eventually terminated when the state deemed they were unable to adequately care for Gisele.
Liz Smith, Director of Nursing at Franciscan Children's, appeared on the @todayshow with her daughter Gisele to share their inspirational story. Their journey to becoming a family was not an easy one - they faced some incredible medical and legal challenges along the way - but thanks to Franciscan Children's, Liz and Gisele have found each other and built a family. Read more of their story: bit.ly/Liz_Gisele_OurStories [link in bio]
Finally, in October last year, Gisele was officially adopted into Liz's care and they became mother and daughter.
Gisele is now aged two and still needs a feeding tube, but is described as 'energetic and loving'.
'Her new favourite song is "You Are My Sunshine",' Liz said. 'And every time she sings it, I think to myself, "You have no idea".'