Jess Hamm always knew she wanted to be a mother.
She'd never considered adoption until Delilah and Caroline popped into her life. When she first encountered Delilah in the hospital, she knew she had to bring her home.
Action News Jax reports that Hamm works as a nurse at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. When she first met Delilah, the one-year-old was suffering from broken bones, a skull fracture, and malnourishment. She had been brought to the pediatric intensive unit due to a “non-accidental trauma.”
“My heart was broken. I don’t want to cry. She was just so lifeless, but she still held onto my finger.
I was like ‘oh my gosh, I’m going to take her home.’”
While in the process of adopting, Hamm learned Delilah had a sister, Caroline, who had also come to the pediatric intensive unit due to “non-accidental trauma.”
Hamm adopted them both without a second thought.
When she first met Delilah, she was too weak to sit up or even hold a bottle. Now, Hamm says that you'd barely recognize the girls. She explained:
“They’ve been through so much. They’re completely different kids. If you had met them when I met them you’d be amazed."
The girls have met their developmental goals and are living as happily as can be with Hamm, who provides them unconditional love and affection.
Action News Jax describes the girls as having different personalities, both growing up to be sweet and social.
For those who are unsure about adoption, Hamm beseeches, “I hope when people hear my story it opens them up to the possibilities of adopting."