Jeannie Joseph is a neonatal nurse at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. As a nurse, she has seen, heard, and experienced for herself some incredible stories and unusual situations. She could never imagine that one of these stories would end in a wonderfully heartwarming way.
Jeannie Didn’t Know What She Was in For
April 24th, 2004 began as a normal day for Jeannie. She was working in the special care nursery when she was beeped down the hall to the emergency department. An upset and nearly crying teenaged boy was standing in the hallway with a shoebox. When Jeannie approached the boy, he gave her the box. Her gut told her what was inside, but she still was not prepared for when she actually saw the contents.
Inside the Shoebox
A premature, three pound newborn baby was inside the box. He was tucked into a tiny onesie that was much too big for him and surrounded by dishtowels serving as blankets. Jeannie called for the staff to put the baby in isolation to get him checked up and help if he needed it. As the room erupted in a ruckus, the boy stood there, looking defeated as they rushed around the baby. After three hours, the staff was able stabilize the baby in a decent condition, despite the circumstances. Once everything died down, Jeannie saw that the boy was still there, waiting.
Jeannie sat down with him in order to learn what exactly happened. She learned that this baby was his, and that he and the mother wanted to give the baby up. Jeannie told him that once he relinquished his parental rights, he would not be able to check up on this baby or his condition anymore. Not wanting that to happen, she told him to think about it, and think about options, before making any rash decisions. She gave him two parental bracelets so that they could come and visit.