Nurse adopts sweet baby she cared for in intensive care unit


Angela Farnan has been a nurse for 30 years. She has cared for many tiny and sick babies on a pediatric intensive care unit.

While working at the OSF Children’s Hospital, in Illinois, a baby boy came into her care that changed her life forever.

Blaze was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. At just three days old his tiny body had to undergo surgery.

Months later he had to have his second surgery. Angela stayed by his side throughout it all.

Baby Blaze Farnan, 1, was adopted on June 8, 2018 by Angela Farnan, a primary charge nurse, after she cared for him at OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois during and after his heart surgery.
Picture courtesy Angela Farnan

Angela was one of the nurses who took care of Blaze but the more time she spent with the sweet baby, the more she fell in love with him.

Angela said Blake’s biological family lived far away from the hospital and was struggling financially, finding it difficult to travel back and forth to visit him and to afford his medical needs.

Baby Blaze is photographed with Dr. Mark Plunkett who performed heart surgery on him at OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois.
Picture courtesy Angela Farnan

Nurse Angela took Blaze into her care and had short-term guardianship, with permission from his parents.


After his second surgery, Blaze’s birth mother had a heart-wrenching request for Angela.

‘Emotional day’

The family wanted Angela to adopt their son.

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



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