Sammy's StorySammy 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 Waitingwww.angelsinwaitingUSA.org
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…
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.
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.
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
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
To Our Loyal and Dedicated Supporters,
In 2009, Within LA County Alone, More Than 268 Infants and Children Died in Foster Care, How Many More “Angels” Must We Send Back To Heaven?
Due to the shocking fact in the above statement, the founder of Angels In Waiting, Linda West- Conforti RN urgently sought the help from a well-known legal advocate for foster children within LA County. The activist was Linda Wallace- Pate, an Attorney at law who has represented foster children in LA County for over four decades. After she was privy to LA county's death toll for foster care infants and children. We quickly joined forces, and met with key people within the community to address these shocking statistics. Too many of these foster care infants, and children who were passed back into heaven, were special needs infants and children, these angels were placed into inappropriate foster homes, their foster parents were poorly trained and ill- equipped to address their special needs. They resided in neighborhoods that were greatly underserved by available county resources due to the new budget restraints. If Angels In Waiting’s Nurse program would have been utilized in LA County, the number of dead foster care infants and children would have been drastically reduced. Linda West -Conforti and Linda Wallace- Pate approached, UCLA, Charles Drew University and CDU School of Nursing with our lifesaving and innovative nursing outreach program. Both UCLA and Charles Drew University are now seeking federal grants, to implement our Angels In Waiting Nursing Recruitment Program into their community to address the dire needs of their forgotten population of foster care infants and children who reside in their own backyard.
Please, continue to support our noble cause. Furthermore, please place our widget from Global Giving's website onto your social networking site to help support our cause. For our goal is to implement our lifesaving program throughout our nation. Please, Together We Can Save Countless Childhoods" by promoting Angels In Waiting's Widgets.
“How many angels must we pass back to heaven, when on this earth we can help transform their precious lives today?
Linda West –Conforti RN
How Common is Autism? For many years autism was rare - occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990's, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. Boys outnumber girls four to one. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism. **New 2009 CDC reports 1 out of every 110 children, and several other respectable autism foundations has statistics as high as * 1 out ever 91 children (1 out of every 60 boys) is diagnosed with autism. The world is facing a pandemic of a different source. The most puzzling thing about autism is how much we don't know about autism. This is why our foundation; Autism Resource Interventions an affiliate of Angels in Waiting a 501(c)3 foundation has embarked upon an expansive website, providing early intervention therapies, and a resource information for families across our nation. Families will be able to communicate with train therapists and healthcare providers through Skype. Interact with other parents who have children that are on the spectrum to exchange pertinent information, which seems to be helping their autistic child cope in a social world. Through extensive research, we will link families, and practitioners, through the convoluted maze of autistic websites,and navigate them to websites that are informative and helpful. Why we have made a drastic change from our original platform request for funding because we understand; Age and early intervention therapies has a direct impact on outcome--typically, the earlier a child is treated, the better the prognosis will be. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the percentage of children who can attend school in a typical classroom and live semi-independently in community settings. However, the majority of autistic persons remain impaired in their ability to communicate and socialize. Our goal is to reach out through the Internet and social networking sites and reach families that need early intervention therapies. ARI will provide these therapies in the comfort of our clients home and help direct families to health care professionals that are trained in autism identification and treatment modalities within their geographical area.
Thank you for supporting our mission, in light of the current statistics on autism, and innovative technologies such as Skype. Our foundation decided to not only reach out to families that have children on the spectrum in our own neighborhood but to reach out to families with children that are on the spectrum in all neighborhoods. Our website s will be launched- up and running by March 24th 2010. Our current domain names are; www.Helpingautisticchildren.com, www.helpingautismchildren.com www.autismhelponline.com www.theautismwhisper.com feel free to log on and to see our webmaster at work.
Linda West - Conforti RN
Today we are looking at many more families who have children on the autism spectrum. The statistic show that 1 out of 150 are on the spectrum. There are new bills being proposed as we speak to congress and the senate to help families with obtaining the very needed services for their child. Through Global Giving it is our goal to be able to provide some of the very needed services to families who are not able to afford them now, and the insurance companies have not yet recognized the special services that are vital treatment for these children.
Families are looking daily for services that are affordable and valuable to help them reach their child and to be able to communicate with them. They want their children to be able to function in the normal world and through the donations that are received, families will be able to come to programs like RDI (relationship development integration) that has proven success in reaching these children and helping them learn about why it is important to do the common daily tasks asked of them each day. Training for this program is costly, and through the donations people like you can help these children get the help they need. Donations will help send more professionals to the RDI training which will allow more families to learn about these viable services for their child. Your donations will also allow training professionals in the field of autism to work one-on-one with the children. Let's help these children who need to have a childhood filled with happy, and fun memories. Thank you for you continued support.
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