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Providing comfort and support to terminally ill babies and toddlers is a difficult task and for those little patients without parents to care for them it can be an even more lonely time.

A couple from Wisconsin have taken on this role, caring for terminally ill babies and toddlers in their own home.

Former nurse and mother-of-eight, Cori Salchert and her husband Mark have opened up their house to care for the little bubs, whose parents have often given up guardianship.

Cori had the idea during her years as a nurse and perinatal bereavement specialist.

“There was no judgement on my part that the parents should just be able to deal with the circumstances, but I thought, ‘Wow, I would really like to take those kiddos and care for them’”, she told the Sheboygan Press.

Technically foster parents to the young ones in their care, and Cori said she’d had to overcome the fear of operating complex medical machinery some of the bubs rely on.

“It’s okay to be afraid, but never let fear cripple your life,” she said.

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  • I don’t know how anyone could not want to be there for every second of their child’s life, but how wonderful of this couple to take them in. What a beautiful place the world would be if everyone treated others with even half that consideration.

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  • This couple are angels. The world would be a beautiful place with more people like this.

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  • Good on her – but it makes me sad that the parents have given up guardianship of their terminally ill children.

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  • You would have to be a very strong devoted person to do that.
    You would also need plenty of medical training to give a terminally ill baby treatment with the equipment too. It must be hearbreaking to know that a child regardless of age may not be on this earth for long.

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  • What absolute angels these people are

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  • What a beautiful thing to do for these little babies.

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  • It would be so difficult to do this. I admire these people immensely. These children and babies deserve to be loved and cared for.

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  • Now, that woman is a saint!
    And what a terribly sad thought that there are babies and children out there who die without their parents around – just heartbreaking.


    • yes that is what i thought. that s really just the saddest thing to hear.



      • It breaks my heart and their hearts are wonderful for being so open and caring.

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  • What a wonderful person. She must be so special to think about this!

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  • What a beautiful and special person and am amazing gift to those children.

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  • It takes a special person to do this, giving love knowing that at anytime that baby/child will not survive. Having to operate machinery that keeps them alive but can cause pain.

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  • What an amazing woman! She is such a strong and positive role model and provided such vital support!

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