Little Nicole was fighting for her life from the day she was born. She suffered from a terrifying rare condition called omphalocele, in which the organs develop outside of the body.
The baby girl’s condition — similar to the infant boy in Georgia whose intestines were growing outside of his body — affects about 1 in 5,386 babies in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While it was too much for Nicole’s biological parents to take — they left her in state custody — her nurse Amber Boyd fell in love with her. She spent 18 months caring for the little girl in a New Mexico hospital and formed a bond with her (much like the nurse in New York who famously cared for a baby burn victim).
“The first day I met her actually, I don’t know, I just remember walking into her room, just instantly feeling an attachment,” Amber told KOB.
The bond turned out to be unbreakable. When it was finally time for Nicole to leave the hospital, Amber took her duties as a nurse to another level, as you’ll see in the touching video below.
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