Nurse heartbroken at 1-year-old, decides to adopt her—that’s when they break the news

March 4, 2018 12:17 pm Last Updated: March 6, 2018 2:31 pm

Jess Hamm, from Jacksonville, Florida, had always wanted to be a mother, but never had kids of her own.

Instead, she works as a nurse at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, treating the many young patients who come through each day like family.

But when she crossed paths with one young patient, Hamm knew it was life-changing.


It all started when a 14-month-old girl named Delilah was brought to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit—in shockingly poor condition.

The girl was severely malnourished and had several broken bones, including a fractured skull. She was too weak to even hold a bottle.

Hamm was devastated as she realized the girl was being abused at home.

“My heart was broken,” she told WJAX. “She was just so lifeless, but she still held onto my finger.”


As Hamm took care of the emaciated toddler, she knew the girl would need something more—and felt in her heart that she could give it to her.

“I was like ‘oh my gosh, I’m going to take her home,’” Hamm said.

She decided to adopt Delilah herself!


But, there was a twist.

Hamm began the process of adopting Delilah through the Florida Department of Children and Families … and learned that Delilah wasn’t alone.

She had a twin sister named Caroline!


Caroline was also in the hospital. Hamm knew she couldn’t separate the sisters—so she did something remarkable:

She agreed to adopt both twins!


Now being raised in a loving home, the young twins are developing well. Hamm reads to them and teaches them words, and they now know how to tell their adoptive mother “I love you.”

It was a life-saving twist of fate for the girls, but it was also a dream come true for Hamm. She never seriously considered adopting before, but once she saw these girls she knew it was meant to be.

“I hope when people hear my story it opens them up to the possibilities of adopting,” Hamm told WJAX.