SEPT. 13,1979 - SEPT. 25,1997
"It's time again for another birth"
Said the Angels to the Lord above
"This special child will need much love
His progress may seem slow
Accomplishments he may not show
And he'll require extra care
From folks he meets way down there"
not run, laugh or play
be careful where he's sent
will not realize it right away
they'll know the privilege given
Greg was always a very special child so; it is only logical for him
to be considered a very special angel. He was not supposed to have
been born alive; he was not supposed to have lived after he was born.
He had the desire and will to survive against all odds. Greg was
in kidney failure before he was born, which only worsened as he aged.
He had two major surgeries before he was a month old. In the first
three years of his life he suffered more pain than most people face in
a lifetime. I was contacted just before Greg was four month old and
asked if I would take him as a foster child because his parents were not
able to care for a critically ill child that was not expected to survive.
I was also told that if I did not take him that he would have to be put
into a nursing home because I was the only registered nurse that they had
as a foster parent. The decision was an easy one, of course, I would
The day that I brought Greg home with me he was exactly three months and three weeks old and weighed eight pounds, nine and one half ounces. Greg's pediatrician told me that he had made an appointment to see Greg in his office in one week but that he expected to see me sooner. At this point survival was up to Greg; they had done everything they could. I was to feed him every four hours. In fact sometimes, I would feed him as many as three times before he could keep his formula down. One week later he weighed nine pounds and fifteen ounces. Below are pictures of Greg the day I brought him home from the hospital, the day of his doctor's visit one week later and at age six months.
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