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Amber Boyd, a pediatric nurse in Albuquerque, N.M, fell so in love with a baby in the NICU at the hospital where she worked that she had to adopt the infant.
According to the Today Show, Baby Nicole suffered from omphalocele, a rare birth defect that caused her organs to grow outside her body in a sack.
Nurse Amber began caring for Nicole and before long became her primary nurse.
"She was with us for 18 months and that whole time I was her primary nurse and formed that bond," Nicole said. "She is just a fighter… she is a great kid."
Nicole's family signed over their parental rights because they felt her medical needs were too much to handle.
The baby has a twin sister who is not suffering from the rare disorder and lives with relatives. Nicole became a ward of the state in New Mexico. But her caseworker needed to find her a home when she was discharged from the hospital.
Nurse Boyd was adopted and wanted to adopt Nicole. She asked her husband, Taylor, and he was in agreement.
"I don’t think I was surprised at all, honestly," Taylor Boyd said. "I think (Amber’s) just a very selfless personality. It is very much in her nature. Just any chance she gets, she does everything she can to be selfless."
Nicole underwent surgery in October to place her organs into her body and attach her abdominal muscles.
The Boyds fostered the child in February, brought her home after the surgery and then adopted her.
"She's incredible," Amber Boyd said. "She has learned in one short year … to crawl, stand and walk." She is three-years-old now.
Nicole is able to walk as so far has no brain function defecits.
Nicole still has health problems. She still needs trach care and has undergone several cardiac arrests and surgeries. But the Boyds are still very happy they made the decision to adopt Nicole.
"I can't imagine a time without her," says Taylor Boyd. "We have only had her for a short amount of time (but) she has become a huge part of the family."