(FeaturedNews.com) – Neonatal Katrina Mullen was quick to notice that the 14-year-old who gave birth to triplets in her Indiana hospital, might have been a teen mom but she was also completely on her own every time.
Mullen, 45, told TODAY.com that sometimes the young mother would be sitting for days alone there with her three babies. She added that the young mother, Shariya Small, would never have lunch with her or even a snack to eat, which made her wonder whether she had anyone supporting her at home.
However, Mullen knew better than to intrude, especially as Small, who was in 8th grade, was not willing to share details about her personal life. Still, Mullen was confident that in time, Small would open up.
Small’s triplets Serenitee, Samari, and Sarayah, were born at 26 weeks gestation in 2020 and ended up in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis for over five months. Mullen had been there to teach Small about how to take care of her newborns. However, the relationship between the two did not start growing until Mullen revealed that she had put her son up for adoption when she was 16, that was when the two developed trust.
Small revealed how she knew people judged her, but Mullen had not been judging her.
It was soon after Small went home that the two started talking and texting on the phone, and when Small was removed from her home with her babies, she asked to go live with Mullen. Mullen was quick to accept even though she had children of her own.
Soon after, Mullen adopted Small, making her an official family member.
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