Jace Burgess beat some tough odds to thrive and grow into a healthy 3-year-old boy. A preemie, he weighed only 1½ pounds at birth. Doctors really didn’t hold out much hope for him and he spent the first six months of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a Tulsa hospital.
Jace’s biological mother abused drugs and her parental rights were terminated while he was still in the NICU. Jace had no one. But one of his nurses fell in love with him. Day after day Leslie Burgess cared for Jace as a patient. She became his foster mother and took him home to care for him. He flourished and finally she was able to adopt Jace.