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One of the many places I like to read besides the genius satirical site the Babylon Bee is Not The Bee. Not The Bee, run by the same company, tells real news stories and does not do satire. It was on there that the headline This NICU nurse adopted preemie triplets AND their teen mom so they could all stay together caught my attention.
Katrina Mullen, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis, has 23 years of experience. Sometimes people in a field like that can become jaded and insensitive but that wasn’t the case in this situation. 14-year-old Shariya Small came into the hospital and gave birth to very premature (26 weeks gestation) triplets. Our family has had babies in the NICU and at that age, everything is touch and go and pins and needles. During this stressful time, Mullen developed a rapport, then a friendship, then a deep relationship with Small. She promised to be there for her. After Small was discharged from the hospital, Mullen would call her and visit her and bring her things she needed for the babies.
The Indiana Department of Child Services decided that where Small and the babies lived was unsatisfactory and the children would have to be put in foster care. Mullen knew that this was just as good as saying the family would be broken up and so, despite having 5 children of her own, she took the girl and her babies in and a year later she adopted them all. Small is now going to graduate High School as a Junior and has already been accepted by two colleges.
Scrubs Magazine Article: NICU Nurse Adopts Teen Mom of Three Preemie Triplets