Foster mum's love gives hope to dying ‘hospice babies’

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Mum of eight Cori Salchert has been caring for terminally ill children with her family for four years. Be inspired by their story below

They call it a “House of Hope” and that’s exactly what it is for many hospice babies or those with terminal diagnoses.

They began their amazing act of generosity of opening up their home in Sheboygan, Michigan back in 2012. Applying her knowledge and experience as a former perinatal bereavement nurse, Cori is able to give these babies the emotional support they need.

Her years as a nurse taught her that her true passion was hospice care.

TODAY.com reports that many of the babies’ families can’t stand to witness them suffer so the Salchert’s home provides these babies with happy homes before they pass on. 

Cori and her husband Mark have made it their life’s mission to care for as many babies as they can.

Their first ever hospice baby, Emmalynn, lived for only 50 days and passed away while Cori held her.

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Here, one of Cori’s kids cares for one of their hospice babies (screengrab: Youtube)

The beginning of her mission

Cori recounts to TODAY how her younger sister Amie contracted spinal meningitis when she was a baby. This left her mentally and physically handicapped and she was eventually sent to live in a home for kids with similar impairments.

One day, someone left the door unlocked and Amie found her way out of the home and found a pond, where she accidentally drowned.

She admits to questioning God for a long time. Carrying the hurt for years, she eventually found peace through her faith. Cori shares that God “redeemed her in ways beyond fathoming”.

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screengrab: Youtube

The following are some of the active hospices in Singapore

Singapore Hospice Council
133 New Bridge Road,
#04-06, China Town Point,
Singapore 059413
Tel: 65382231

Assisi Hospice
820 Thomson Road
Singapore 574623
Tel: 6347 6446

St. Joseph’s Home and Hospice
9, Mandai Estate
Singapore 729906
Tel: 6268 0482

Metta Hospice Care
32 Simei Street 1
Singapore 529950
Tel: 6580 4688

You can find the full directory here.

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Written by

Bianchi Mendoza