Angels In Waiting

AIW is dedicated to recruiting qualified nurses to provide loving homes, nursing care, and other needed services for medically fragile foster care infants and children. We help facilitate the child's move from hospitals, group homes and institutions into private residences under the care of Registered and Licensed Vocational Nurses as their foster parents. We provide two essential ingredients for these children to heal - loving home environments and individualized nursing care.
Jan 28, 2011

The Angel Who Inspired Angels In Waiting

Sammy and His Sister Autumn
Sammy and His Sister Autumn

Sammy's Story

Sammy is a true medical miracle! Sammy is not my biological son. I know the deep piercing bond a son 
from my womb can bring. I love my Sammy just as deeply.

Sammy was born a full four months early at the fragile weight of 17 ounces when his birthmother's placenta burst due to her addiction to methamphetamine s and landed her in the hospital. When he tested positive for 
methamphetamines, Sammy was taken into the custody of Children's Services; his mother's rights suspended 
until she tested negative for the drug. His premature delivery meant his organs were not developed enough 
to sustain his life. His lungs were so underdeveloped; he couldn't take his first breath. His brain and nervous 
system were so undeveloped they couldn't remind him he even needed one. He survived for the next 14 months in the hospital under the care of medical personnel utilizing mechanical ventilation and IV drips, while he fought his 
mother's drug addiction. He rapidly produced hundreds of hemangiomas on the outside of his body and thousands more on the inside that impeded the natural function of all his organs. This subjected him to several years of chemotherapy.

To the amazement of hospital staff, he endured seven abdominal surgeries and survived four close-call 
resuscitations. Sammy was continually pricked with 
needles. He was so troubled he slept sitting up. Afraid to relax into dreamland, he posed for his next onslaught of cold painful medical procedures delivered by sterile hands and blue scrubs. (see Photo at web site http://www.angelainwaitingUSA.org)

Against extraordinary odds, Sammy continued to fight for his life, alone, without the emotional support of a 
nurturing mother. The severity of his illness and grim prognosis prompted doctors to request a Do Not 
Resuscitate Form be signed by the appointed court judge. Thankfully, the judge refused, and Sammy 
continued to make use of the hospital's personnel heroic resuscitation efforts. Miraculously, and to the 
continued amazement of the nurses, therapists and physicians charged with his care, he stabilized enough to be discharged from the hospital.

He was placed in a group home for medically fragile children where he was able to bond with other children who were fighting incredible fights of their own (see Alexia's Story from our web site). Six months later, after a long career in child care, the owner of the group home was to retire. She was frightened that if Sammy ended up in the local institution he was slated for, he would shrivel and die.

She called me on Thanksgiving Day when she'd heard I was a veteran NICU and pediatric nurse and now 
certified as a medically fragile foster parent. Convinced Sammy wouldn't make it without a vital infusion of love and heartfelt dedication, she urged me to take him into my home. Several days later, he crossed the threshold of my doorway and into my heart, infusing me with the wonder of his survival.

In less than three years, Sammy has moved from indwelling catheters, feeding tubes and numerous daily 
medications to being tube and medication free. He is a brilliant, cognitively gifted and active seven year old boy 

who enjoys and celebrates,every aspect of his precious life Sammy has an exceptionally gentle soul.

In 2007, my husband and I adopted Sammy, securing his promising future and enriching our lives beyond 
the expectations we mused over when we started this journey of safe-housing tender souls.

Sammy is doing Wonderful he will turn 8 years old on the 31, He is Happy and Healthy.There are so many other 
little boys and girls just like Sammy. While we cannot adopt all of the little Sammy's in waiting, we have opened our home to heal as many and love as many as we can and help them move on to loving homes of their own; and so the birth of Angels in Waiting and our determination to affect as many lives as possible.

Thanks for reading.

Linda West Conforti RN ( Sammy's mommy)
Founder, Angels in Waiting
www.angelsinwaitingUSA.org

Links:

Jan 28, 2011

The Angel Who Inspired Angels In Waiting

Sammy and His Sister Autumn
Sammy and His Sister Autumn

Sammy's Story

Sammy is a true medical miracle! Sammy is not my biological son. I know the deep piercing bond a son 
from my womb can bring. I love my Sammy just as deeply.

Sammy was born a full four months early at the fragile weight of 17 ounces when his birthmother's placenta burst due to her addiction to methamphetamine s and landed her in the hospital. When he tested positive for 
methamphetamines, Sammy was taken into the custody of Children's Services; his mother's rights suspended 
until she tested negative for the drug. His premature delivery meant his organs were not developed enough 
to sustain his life. His lungs were so underdeveloped; he couldn't take his first breath. His brain and nervous 
system were so undeveloped they couldn't remind him he even needed one. He survived for the next 14 months in the hospital under the care of medical personnel utilizing mechanical ventilation and IV drips, while he fought his 
mother's drug addiction. He rapidly produced hundreds of hemangiomas on the outside of his body and thousands more on the inside that impeded the natural function of all his organs. This subjected him to several years of chemotherapy.

To the amazement of hospital staff, he endured seven abdominal surgeries and survived four close-call 
resuscitations. Sammy was continually pricked with 
needles. He was so troubled he slept sitting up. Afraid to relax into dreamland, he posed for his next onslaught of cold painful medical procedures delivered by sterile hands and blue scrubs. (see Photo at web site http://www.angelainwaitingUSA.org)

Against extraordinary odds, Sammy continued to fight for his life, alone, without the emotional support of a 
nurturing mother. The severity of his illness and grim prognosis prompted doctors to request a Do Not 
Resuscitate Form be signed by the appointed court judge. Thankfully, the judge refused, and Sammy 
continued to make use of the hospital's personnel heroic resuscitation efforts. Miraculously, and to the 
continued amazement of the nurses, therapists and physicians charged with his care, he stabilized enough to be discharged from the hospital.

He was placed in a group home for medically fragile children where he was able to bond with other children who were fighting incredible fights of their own (see Alexia's Story from our web site). Six months later, after a long career in child care, the owner of the group home was to retire. She was frightened that if Sammy ended up in the local institution he was slated for, he would shrivel and die.

She called me on Thanksgiving Day when she'd heard I was a veteran NICU and pediatric nurse and now 
certified as a medically fragile foster parent. Convinced Sammy wouldn't make it without a vital infusion of love and heartfelt dedication, she urged me to take him into my home. Several days later, he crossed the threshold of my doorway and into my heart, infusing me with the wonder of his survival.

In less than three years, Sammy has moved from indwelling catheters, feeding tubes and numerous daily 
medications to being tube and medication free. He is a brilliant, cognitively gifted and active seven year old boy 

who enjoys and celebrates,every aspect of his precious life Sammy has an exceptionally gentle soul.

In 2007, my husband and I adopted Sammy, securing his promising future and enriching our lives beyond 
the expectations we mused over when we started this journey of safe-housing tender souls.

Sammy is doing Wonderful he will turn 8 years old on the 31, He is Happy and Healthy.There are so many other 
little boys and girls just like Sammy. While we cannot adopt all of the little Sammy's in waiting, we have opened our home to heal as many and love as many as we can and help them move on to loving homes of their own; and so the birth of Angels in Waiting and our determination to affect as many lives as possible.

Thanks for reading.

Linda West Conforti RN ( Sammy's mommy)
Founder, Angels in Waiting
www.angelsinwaitingUSA.org

Links:

Oct 25, 2010

Thank You for “Helping Save A Childhood”

Thank You for Saving My Childhood
Thank You for Saving My Childhood

Thank you for “Helping Save A Childhood”

  The futures of our ANGELS IN WAITING program and the medically fragile foster care infants and children that we “Serve” is growing. We recently presented two large government grants to National Institute of Health, and recruited several more Nurses; moreover, we have over 10 Nurses waiting in the wings to be Foster parents for medically fragile foster care infants and children.

  This means that many more medically fragile foster care children will have a childhood. These precious infants and children will benefit from having their own skilled Nurse as their foster parent. AIW Nurses make sure that their foster care infants and children’s best interests are well represented in the court, health care settings, and in the Department of Family and Children Services.

  We are grateful to all our donors who have helped make this possible. Here are just a handful of the e-mails to Angels In Waiting from Nurses thought-out this Great Nation of ours…

 

Christina

 Norwell, MA  02061

Comments = I would LOVE to be involved with your organization and

eventually become a foster Mom.  I have been a NICU Nurse for 14 years and

have 3 children of my own.  We have lots of room in our home and in our

hearts for another child / children.  Please let me know how I may help.

 

Dawn  

bybee, TN 37713

Comments = I am an LPN with vent, mental retardations, cerebral palsy,

downs syndromes, deaf and blind experience and my husband and I have finished

our PATH classes and are wanting to adopt a medically fragile child/sibling

group.  Our home study is complete and we are located in Tennessee.  Thank you for showing us nurses this venue of caring for America’s special needs pediatric population from the comforts of our own home, God bless your Charity, and the children it serves.

 

Christina

Pueblo West, CO 81007

Comments = Would your program have a need for me even though I live in Colorado? Or could we start a satellite of your program here? Thanks

 Eric 

 I am a RN and a father of 2 little girls in Indiana. Ever since the birth of my first daughter, and recently my second - I am now of course a over protective father. :) The realization that the world can be cruel, especially to our infants and children, is so disturbing to me. My heart hurts to see other little ones in pain. I am writing because I stumbled across your site. And I wanted to say thank you for your compassion and god bless you for helping the forgotten little ones. I just wanted to say thank you with all my heart and let you know someone is thinking of you and your company today…One day, I too will be caring for medically fragile foster care infants and children from my home (once my daughters are older) you inspired my nursing career into this noble calling.   Sincerely, Eric <    >  RN

 

Thank You For Helping Save a childhood!

Linda West- Conforti RN

Founder of Angels In Waiting

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