A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse at OSF has been caring for the smallest and sickest of babies for 32 years, but she recently decided to care on a whole new level.
Angela Farnan said sometimes God puts you in the right place at the right time. After working with a biological mother who could not care for her baby’s medical needs, she stepped in and helped. Baby blaze was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. His first surgery took place when he was just three days old. He had a second surgery eight months later.
“I was part of the care team that took care of him after surgery and then continued to care for him as he was in the hospital for the next six and a half months,” said Farnan.
In between both surgeries, the Farnan family opened their home to Blaze.
“We were excited that he was doing great. However we know it’s getting close to us having to give him back to his family,” stated Farnan.
But after Blaze’s second surgery, his biological mom did not think she could keep up with the care.
“She made a heartfelt decision to ask us if we would be willing to keep him on a permanent basis. It was an emotional time. She was in tears. Internally we are ecstatic, but sad for this mom who is feeling a loss,” said Farnan.
“We just fell in love with him and wanted him and had a chance to get him and it’s like wow, we get to keep him now,” said husband, Rick Farnan.
They always wanted to have children, but were unable to have any of their own.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mother and then you just have to realize and trust in God and believe that he has a greater purpose for you,” said Farnan.
On June 8, 2018, it was official: Blaze was adopted.
Today the family goes on trips and Blaze is an active, high-energy little guy.
“He just has a great little personality and people are drawn to him, besides him being so cute,” added dad.
Blaze will undergo a third surgery in the next few years and may one day need a transplant, but so far he has beat all odds.