A 2-year-old girl who suffered from withdrawal at birth stole the show on CNN’s “New Day”.
Little Gisele was made for the camera. Gisele and her foster mother, Liz Smith, appeared Thursday on CNN to share their story. At 3-month’s, Gisele was transferred to Franciscan Children’s hospital in Massachusetts. She was born prematurely to a mother who had used drugs. The newborn weighed less than 2 pounds.
Gisele was the star of Thursday’s interview, sporting a grin from ear-to-ear and lighting up the room with her infectious giggles.
Gisele was without visitors for months and that is when Smith, who worked at the hospital, decided to take action. “It was an emotional roller coaster,” Smith said. “When I initially started fostering her, the goal was reunification with her birth parents.”
“I always had that as a reality in the back of my mind while I was taking care of her,” she continued. “But in the moment (I) knew she needed and deserved every ounce of love I had to give her.”
Smith suffered from infertility and tried several failed treatments. Gisele was her cure. During this time, Gisele’s birth parents were granted supervised visits and had expected to eventually become the child’s full-time parents. That was not the case, however, as the state deemed the birth parents unfit to care for Gisele full-time.
“It was a very bittersweet,” Smith admitted. “I was experiencing this tremendous gain and happiness in my life where others were experiencing the opposite.”
“She is thriving. She has a feeding tube where she still gets the majority of her nutrition through, but other than that, the specialist thinks she is just remarkable,” Smith said. “They can’t believe the strides she has made and how healthy and strong she is. Her resilience is inspiring to me and every day I’m amazed by her.”
“We talk about the power of love, but to witness how it can transform a life and to witness how it transformed her life and mine is unbelievable,” she concluded. “I have never been happier or stronger and just I couldn’t imagine life without her.”