Cori Salchert of Sheboygan WA is a hero unlike any you've ever heard about, and her story may stay with you for a long time.
With the help of her husband, Mark, this mom of eight biological children began adopting what she calls "hospice babies" about four years ago. Hospice babies are those born with life-limiting or terminal diagnoses, and whose own biological families find it difficult or impossible to care for them on their own.
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In August of 2012--after years of working as a nurse who helped the families of sick babies who had only days or even hours to live--Salchert received a call asking if she'd would be willing to take in a two-week-old baby girl who was nameless and had no one to care for her. The baby had been born without the right or left hemisphere of her brain, and doctors said there was no hope for her. Salchert and her family brought the infant home, named her Emmalynn, and began living out what they call "the priceless gift" of being her family.
"She could have died in the hospital, wrapped in a blanket and set to the side because she was being sustained with a feeding pump. But we brought this beautiful baby home to live, and live she did," Salchert told Today.com.
Emmalynn survived only 50 more days, which she spent being held and cared for around the clock by the Salcherts and their eight children. She eventually passed away in the arms of Salchert, who was singing "Jesus Loves Me" softly to her.
"She didn't suffer, she wasn't in pain, and she most certainly wasn't alone. It was painful initially. Gradually we were able to see the opportunity to hold her through this life and as she entered the next solely as a gift," said Salchert.
The family next took in Charlie, a four-month-old with life-limiting brain damage who isn't expected to live past two years old and who has been resuscitated at least ten times in the past year.
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Should he code again, "This time, we will let him go," said Salchert. "As in Emmalynn's case, we do everything we can to love Charlie, and we take him on adventures with us everywhere we can."
This unbelievably strong woman could easily explain why she and her family do what they do for babies like Charlie and Emmalynn, heartbreaking as it may be.
"What a gift it is to be a part of these babies' lives, to have the ability to ease their suffering, to cherish and love them even though they aren't able to give anything tangible back or even smile in return for our efforts," she told Today.com. "Our hearts are like stained-glass windows. Those windows are made of broken glass which has been forged back together, and those windows are even stronger and more beautiful for having been broken."
Learn more about her uplifting story in this video.
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