Liz Smith, a single Massachusetts director of nursing, was unable to conceive through IVF. On the very day that Liz got word of her inability to conceive, she encountered a premature baby in the hospital where she works. That baby, Gisele, was born at 29 weeks weighing just under 2 lbs. and spent three months in the NICU on ventilator support, in part because she suffered from neonatal abstinence syndrome due to her birth mother’s drug use during pregnancy.

As reported in the Franciscan Children’s Hospital blog , Liz instantly bonded with Gisele and visited her frequently through all her complications and setbacks. “I went to see her every day,” she said. “It was kind of my reward after a long workday.”

When Gisele was 9 months old, Liz decided to foster Gisele at home; this would be the first time the baby had left the hospital and she still was using a feeding tube for nutrition. At this point, Gisele’s birth parents remained in the picture; however, their supervised visits became less frequent until they ended altogether and parental rights were terminated. For Liz, the question of adoption was a no-brainer: “You can’t just love a certain percentage,” Liz stated. “You have to give it your all.”

On the day of the adoption proceedings last October, the judge stood to honor Liz, saying, “When a judge walks into the room, everyone stands out of respect. But today I stand in respect for you, Liz, because you deserve the respect from this room. A birthing day is a miracle. But adopting a child from miles away is destiny. That’s what brought you two together.”

With suggested tissue in hand, click on this link to see Liz and Gisele interviewed on CNN and your heart will instantly soar watching Gisele thrive against all odds. Sometimes, fate overtakes to make things right.