CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A love story. But maybe not the one you think.
This is not about a beautiful bride meeting her husband, or their recent wedding. This is how she met and fell and love with her 4-year-old ring bearer.
Tucker Hucks is one of our #MollysKids. I met his mom through Bee Mighty, a Charlotte charity that works with preemies. Heather Hucks could not possibly be more passionate about the cause -- once you hear her son's story you understand why. Little Tucker was born four months early. He weighed 1lb 7oz and spent 151 days in the NICU.
Heather says it has been four years, but she knows the excruciating pain of leaving your brand new critically ill baby alone in NICU every night. She still feels it.
It became a little easier once she and husband Darrin, got to know Tucker's primary nurse.
Nurse Kayla was assigned to Tucker every night she worked in NICU.
"She talked to him, held him while she did her charts, watched his every movement until she learned what his cries meant, the direction he liked to face while he slept and how he liked to be swaddled," Heather said. "She sent us cute pictures of Tucker while she was on shift even though that's against hospital policy. She was his momma in the middle of a night when I couldn't be there. She had taken care of other babies, of course – but Tucker was different. She says that. She loved him differently."
The night after Tucker was discharged to a new hospital, Kayla came to visit.
Heather and Darrin's good friend, Dave, was also there visiting.
They "accidentally" met in the hospital cafeteria.
"That super dark and hard place in our lives led to the most beautiful outcome," Heather wrote me. "Kayla and Dave got married last weekend. Tucker was the ring bearer."
It's especially appropriate to share now, because this week is "Nurses Week".
You need to read Heather's account of the entire story. It's remarkably good. I knew the story and still teared up. Go here to read the whole thing >> http://www.teamhucks.com/?p=1936
Thanks to Cindy Lauren Photography for the gorgeous photo. I'll put another one in comments.
Congrats, Kayla and Dave.
And thank you to all nurses -- a selfless group of people who so rarely get the credit they deserve.