A couple from Florida asked their baby boy’s nurse, who cared for him for nearly six months while he was in the NICU, to become his godmother.
According to Daily Mail, Austyn Evans from Florida was 35 weeks pregnant when the doctors told her husband, Branden Williams, that they had to immediately deliver the baby due to some complications.
So, the couple welcomed their son, Conrad, at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, on December 15, 2021.
‘Baby Conrad had kidney problems and breathing difficulties that required him to be put on a ventilator,” wrote Today.
One of the nurses who worked at the Texas Children’s Hospital looked after him Conrad during his five days in the NICU.
“The way she talked to him when she was doing his vitals or she was taking blood, she was constantly talking to him in this really cute little mom voice and trying to be as comforting as she could even though he was extremely sedated,” 29-year-old Austyn told the publication.
“Her name is Carly Miller, she is 27 years old and literally has a heart of gold,” the young mom added.
According to Evans, initially, she was consulting a gynecologist in a local hospital in Florida but after her 20th week, she learned that her baby had a kidney blockage and would need special assistance and care after birth.
“I didn’t have any amniotic fluid, a disorder that is known as oligohydramnios,” she explained. “Low amniotic fluid increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth and can also cause severe abnormalities, including underdeveloped lungs.”
“The goal was to have my baby grow as much as possible, but he had to be delivered early after his heart rate started dropping.”
The mom further said that after being born, Conrad had to rely on machines to continue growing, and throughout his stay in the hospital’s NICU, she and her husband wasn’t allowed to hold him because he was too fragile.
“It was a very difficult time for us, we could see him from distance but couldn’t touch or hold him, he was there… alone without his parents, it broke my heart,” said Evans.
“But then we were blessed to have this nurse, Miller, who cared for my son and looked after him as her own,” she added. “I felt so strongly about her presence in my son’s life that I requested her to continue to be his primary nurse during his renal replacement therapy, a special type of dialysis.”
“One of the nights that I was leaving Conrad, I was waiting for Carly; he was just super fussy — I mean ridiculously so. And the moment he saw Carly, his eyes lit up. He was super smiley. And when I tried to grab him, go give him a hug before I left, he shooed me away.”
The Florida mom said she was so moved by Miller’s affection and love for his baby that she ended up asking her to be his godmother.
“The thought of never seeing her again was ‘heart-wrenching.’ So, after Conrad was released from the hospital, I wanted her to be his godmother but I didn’t ask immediately,” Evans told Today.
“Then I invited her to visit us, and Conrad gave her flowers and a note from Conrad asking her to be his godmother, which she immediately accepted,” she concluded.
Speaking to the outlet, the 27-year-old Nurse said, “A lot of the doctors did not think he was going to make it. He was one of the smallest babies we’ve ever put on the machine, so it’s pretty groundbreaking for them to have Conrad get through it.”
“And he was the cutest soul; how could I not have loved and cared for him? He was so tiny and weak, and it was heartbreaking to see him suffering. So, I decided to be with him and look after him as he was my own,” added Miller.
“After he was moved to his home at the age of six months, Austyn, his mom, invited me over to their house to visit Conrad. And then she asked me the most beautiful thing ever… to be his godmother. It was such an emotional moment I started bawling. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’
“I said yes, this is the coolest thing that ever happened to me!”
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