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As a nurse I can relate to your story and your feelings.
I've been there. It brought back memories of a "Little Princess" I cared for in the Nursery at the hospital where I worked. Back then, Neonatal facilities were in very few local hospitals. Fortunately, this little one survived without it. I would just make one comment
about a phrase that stood out. Instead of using "mental absence," I would have used "preoccupation."

As a former OB nurse, I could definitely relate. There weren't many little ones that came through without a family, but when one did we would think up a name for her and make sure she had plenty of loving and cooing. This story took me back to one of the happiest times in my life- when I worked as an OB nurse.
I've got a wave of goosebumps coursing up and down me! What a great story filled with an extended depth of love by the MC. It does my heart good!!!!
That is so sweet! This story really touched me. I wanted to pray for the "Little Princess" along with the woman! What a wonderful thing she did for that little girl. I certainly hope the girl found a loving family who would cherish her and the early pictures of her hospital days.
I agree with the other comments: you nailed this one. Great writing. You brought me right there with you into that ministry process, and touched me deeply.
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