This is a heartbreaking story at first, but it has a happy ending.
Twin sisters Delilah and Caroline were only 1 year old when they were admitted to the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida for non-accidental trauma.
Both were severely malnourished and Delilah had multiple broken bones, including a skull fracture. She was so weak that she couldn't even sit up or hold a bottle.
Jess Hamm, a nurse at the hospital, instantly fell in love with Delilah when she first met her in the pediatric intensive care unit.
“My heart was broken. I don’t want to cry,” said Hamm. “She was just so lifeless, but she still held onto my finger.”
Hamm’s attachment to the helpless toddler suddenly became too much and she suddenly had an idea. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to take her home,” she said.
As she went through the adoption process with the Florida Department of Children and Families, she learned that Delilah had a twin sister who was also in the hospital. Hamm then adopted both girls.
Now both Delilah and Caroline are healthy 2-year-olds living normal toddler lives. Thanks to Hamm’s unconditional love and encouragement, the twins are both thriving and meeting their developmental goals.
Both twins enjoy singing songs and making new discoveries. Caroline is a social butterfly and loves to help others, especially her sister. Delilah loves to share kisses with everybody and spread her charm with everyone in the room.
Hamm hopes that Delilah and Caroline’s story raises awareness for more people to consider adoption. “I hope when people hear my story it opens them up to the possibilities of adopting,” said Hamm.
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