During a visit to the hospital, Tricia Somers, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, received devastating news. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
At 45 years old, she was given only months to live.
It’s unbearable news for anyone to hear, but it was especially difficult for Somers. She didn’t have any loved ones at her side to comfort her—she was divorced and her ex-husband was out of the picture, and she had no other close family. Her only companion was her 8-year-old son, Wesley.
Somers was the boy’s only guardian. She was terrified of dying, not knowing where her son would end up.
It was a dark time—but Somers unexpectedly found solace in a total stranger.
Somers was in the hospital receiving medical treatment, and as she was recuperating a nurse came in to visit her.
It was Tricia Seaman, a longtime nurse at Pinnacle Health Hospital. She had always loved her work and comforting patients—but knows that sometimes, words just don’t cut it.
“I mean what do you say to somebody?” Seaman asked CBS News. “She’s 45 years old.”
“So I just gave her a hug.”
It was all Somers needed to feel better—and she felt an instant bond with the other Tricia.
“Before she even said anything, I just felt comfort,” Somers told CBS of the nurse’s special touch. “It was almost like someone just put a warm blanket on me.”
“I’ve never felt anything like that before or any other connection with anybody else.”
The moment left an impression on Somers. She never thought she’d see the nurse again—but later she returned for another treatment, and Seaman came in for another visit.
And although they barely knew each other, something inspired Somers to make a huge request.
“She said, ‘Well, I’m really glad you stopped in because I didn’t think that I would get to see you again, and I have something that I need to ask you,'” Seaman recalled to CBS.
She never imagined what she said next.
“Can you take my son? Will you raise him if I die?”
Somers blurted it out. It was a life-changing question proposed to a near-stranger, but somehow Somers knew she would be a good guardian for her son.
To say it was a lot to ask would be an understatement. Seaman had a family of her own—she had a husband and four children. No one would have blamed her for declining Somers’ request.
But she didn’t—in fact, she went one step further.
She took the mother and son into her home.
After consulting her family, she not only agreed to be Wesley’s guardian when Somers passed away, she asked Somers spend her final months with them.
“They needed to be together,” Seaman told CBS about the decision.
It was an incredible act of kindness that was the perfect solution. It allowed the child to adjust to a new home, and his mother could live her final days in a comfortable, loving home instead of in a nursing home.
Incredibly, they both happily adjusted to their new home and quickly became a part of the family.
“We love her,” one of the Seaman daughters told CBS about Somers.
“It’s like another mom.”
And as for their new brother Wesley, “I think he loves us as much as we love him.”
Sommers died later that year. But the Seaman family went above and beyond to help her when she was in need, and it provided a loving home for her son, who may not have otherwise been so fortunate.
It all seems like an extraordinary act of generosity. But as a nurse, Seaman knew that sometimes, that’s just what is called for.