After Her 8 Children Fly the Nest, She Chooses to Spend Her Retirement Caring for Babies with Only Days to Live

Maternal hero creates a ‘home of hope’ for infants and toddlers that don’t have much longer to live. She hopes to offer peace to every family she meets.

Cori Slachert always had a special place in her heart for newborns. That became even more apparent after the woman opened what she called a “baby hospice.”

Cori starts adopting babies to make others' lives a little bit easier

Cori starts adopting babies to make others’ lives a little bit easier

The former nurse and her husband have eight of their own biological children. After the couple became empty-nesters, the forever mother developed “baby fever.”

Cori’s services are unique. However, the various families she interacts with are oddly similar. The mother describes the sad realities she sees nearly every day. Families struggle with the idea of them or their children living in permanent pain. Cori explains many are simply too overwhelmed. They slowly shy away in hopes of avoiding a parent’s worst nightmare.

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Within her home, Cori wanted to create an environment that would encourage a better outlook, an environment tailored to nursing and caring for tiny children with special needs. Her goal was to create a place where families could experience peace. A beacon of light in a storm. Emmalynn was her first.

Emmalynn was born without the right side of her brain and would permanently live in a vegetative state. Sadly, after only 50 days of life, the newborn passed away in Cori’s arms.

Jonathan, Cori's son poses with Emmalynn before her last days with the family

Jonathan, Cori’s son, poses with Emmalynn before her last days with the family

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Next was Charlie. A young boy of four months, Charlie developed a unique disease that required him to take breathes through a straw. Doctors had originally given the (now, 12-month-old) boy a year to live. He wasn’t expected to be with the family much longer.

Baby Charlie had already accomplished so much more than doctors ever expected

Baby Charlie had already accomplished so much more than doctors ever expected

Though others might think her efforts are dreary or devastatingly sad, Cori has the opposite outlook.

“To have the ability to ease their suffering, to cherish and love them…it’s a blessing to be a part of these babies’ lives.”

Cori nurses back to health and cares for special needs children in her retirement

Cori nurses back to health and cares for special needs children in her retirement

The loving mother, nurse, philanthropist, caretaker, and saint doesn’t see her “baby hospice” closing anytime soon. In fact, she prefers not to even think about it. The woman truly considers this her calling in life.

“We invest deeply, and we ache terribly when these kids die, but our hearts are like stained-glass windows,” Cori says. “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.”

Watch the video below to learn more about her admirable story.

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Source: Today Show/New York Times

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