Nurse agrees to adopt dying patient’s son

Nurse agrees to adopt dying patient’s son


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MCALISTERVILLE, Pa. — After learning she had terminal cancer, Tricia Somers’ greatest concern was finding someone to take care of her 8-year-old son.

A single mother, Somers was diagnosed with liver cancer in March, according to local TV station WHTM. Her parents both died from cancer and her ex-husband isn’t in the picture, so she was troubled about what to do for her son Wesley.

While she was in the hospital she met Tricia Seaman, a nurse who cared for her during diagnostic tests, according to ABC News.

"She came in and I just felt this overwhelming feeling of comfort," Somers told WHTM. "It was strange. I never had that feeling before and I thought she is going to take care of me. She is the one."

On the day Somers was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital, she asked Seaman if she would care for her son.

She came in and I just felt this overwhelming feeling of comfort.

–Tricia Somers

The unexpected request turned out to be serendipitous for Seaman. She and her husband have four children but had been looking to adopt another son and had just begun the process of becoming foster parents.

"I didn't know what to say in that moment," Seaman told ABC News. "I told her I was flattered enough (that she) asked me. I said to her, 'Why don't you take a little time with this.' … I was trying to be very diplomatic, (but) everything in me was saying 'Yes I'll do it.’ ”

After talking together, Seaman and her husband decided to go ahead with becoming Wesley’s caretaker and invited Somers and her son to move into their home in May.

At the time, doctors thought Somers only had about a month left to live, according to ABC. However, her health improved and the family was even able to take a trip together before she went into hospice.

"Sometimes God has a plan for our lives," Seaman told WHTM. "Sometimes we think we know what that plan is, but we really do not."

Watch the video from WHTM for more details.

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