Jess Hamm, was working as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, when she saw the battered up and seemingly lifeless body of a sweet little girl lying in a bed. Jess recalled, “My heart was broken. I don’t want to cry. She was just so lifeless, but she still held onto my finger.” The 14 month old baby girl had broken bones, a skull fracture, and was severely malnourished. She could not even sit up or hold a bottle because she was too weak.
Something about the little girl, by the name Delilah, tugged at Jess’ heartstrings. She knew she couldn’t just leave the little girl to her fate. Jess said, “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to take her home.” Jess then began going through the proper channels within the Florida Department of Children and Families to adopt little Delilah. It was during this process that she learned something that left her stunned. Delilah had a twin sister who was also in the hospital.
After Jess learned this, she knew she had to adopt both of the little girls. In no time, both Delilah and her twin sister Caroline were safely home with their new mom.
While Jess says she always wanted to be a mother, she revealed that she never really thought of adoption until she met Delilah. Now, she can’t imagine life any other way.
Today, both of her baby girls are very healthy, happy and meeting their developmental goals. They are full of life and love to sing and make new discoveries. Jess said, “They’ve been through so much, and they’re completely different kids. If you had met them when I met them, you would be amazed.”
The twins have different personalities. Caroline is the social butterfly, she enjoys helping others, and is very protective of her sister. At two years old, Delilah loves turning on the charm and sharing kisses with everybody. Once Delilah finds something she enjoys, she can entertain herself for a long time.
Jess is now sharing her story in the hope that others who hear it will also consider adoption. She said, “I hope when people hear my story it opens them up to the possibilities of adopting.”