Twenty-three years ago, in a hospital maternity ward, Bridgett Webb made a pivotal choice.
“They asked me if I could care for her, and I said, ‘Can I do this?’ ” Ms. Webb, now 47, recalled. “I was standing there and the lady said, ‘I’ll give you a week.’ I decided I shouldn’t even wait a week. This is my blood, this is my niece. I walked up and the Lord just told me, ‘Take her.’ ”
The baby became a beloved daughter to Ms. Webb.
Raising her was no easy feat. Shanequa has contended with depression and developmental delays all of her life.
The rockiest moment in their relationship occurred six years ago, when they realized Shanequa, still a teen, was pregnant with twins.
Now “I look at them as if they were my very, very own,” Ms. Webb says of the dominant role she plays in bringing up her grandchildren.
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