Family reunites with Dell Children’s nurse who helped instill hope and comfort


A twin baby born with a severe rare heart condition receives parents, caring nurses and a chance at life

When Wendy and David Newton moved from Maine to Texas in 2015, they knew they wanted become foster parents. After receiving their Foster Care License, they got a call from their case worker that would change their lives forever.

“The case worker shared that a precious one-month-old girl, Haley, was in the hospital for tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), and she may not make it,” Newton said. “Her condition was severe, but we did not think twice about committing ourselves to her and her medical issue. All children need love.”

Later, the Newtons received a text that they’d be receiving two gifts of love– Haley was a twin.

“We were overjoyed! We were able to take home Haley’s twin, Emma, and visit Haley in the hospital at Dell Children’s,” said the Newtons.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Dell Children’s nurses help foster parents care-for and bond with their baby

At Dell Children’s, Haley received care for TOF, a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth.

Brian “Cosmo” Lin, pediatric rehab manager at Dell Children’s, and Sarah Senn, cardiac service line nurse at Dell Children’s, worked directly with the Newtons, making an impact they’ll never forget.

“Cosmo and Sarah were so attentive to Haley, and our unique situation,” said Newton. “They instilled a sense of hope, lessened our fears and made us feel comfortable. I will never forget them.”

Twins reunited, family gets bigger

The twins, who were separated at birth, were reunited at Dell Children’s.

“As soon as we laid Emma next to Haley, Haley’s oxygen and heartrate leveled,” said the Newtons. “They both immediately fell into a peaceful sleep.”

Less than a year later, Haley was doing much better and the Newtons adopted the twins.

“Cosmo and Sarah provided us with tools to help Haley during a scary time, which ultimately brought us closer together as a family,” said Newton. “We are so happy we were able to grow our family with two sweet girls.”