Angela Farnan, the nurse, had fallen in love with little Blaze long before she and her husband, Rick, got to take him home and raise him as their own. Blaze was born with a congenital heart problem, and Farnan was one of the nurses who cared for him. He underwent his first operation when he was three days old, and he needed another a few months later.
The boy definitely needed a lot of medical help as he struggled to survive. No matter how hard they tried, the boy’s parents couldn’t really be there for him as much as he needed. When Blaze’s parents realized that they didn’t have the financial resources to go to and from the hospital regularly nor to give the child adequate medical care, they asked Farnan if she could step in temporarily and be there for the child!
With permission from his parents, Farnan and her husband became short-term guardians of the boy. After his second surgery, however, Blaze’s mother came to the nurse and tearfully asked her to adopt their son. Farnan told Good Morning America: It was quite an emotional day because my husband and I fell in love with him. (Blaze’s mom) was crying and said, ‘I just don’t want anyone to feel like I’m a bad mom.’
The nurse assured the overwhelmed mother that she was making the right decision for her son by ensuring he was with a family who could love him while also being capable of handling his medical issues. Farnan was very happy to officially become Blaze’s mom. He’s full of joy. His smile lights up the room. The couple described Blaze as having a sweet personality and, in spite of his health challenges, the little boy has been thriving.