Nancy Grace and Her Miracle Babies
"The babies were in the NICU at one end of this big hospital, and I was
at the other end. I was so weak that when the phone rang, I'd turn my head and
stare at it: I couldn't even summon the strength to pick up the phone. They'd
wheel me over to the NICU, and I just felt so helpless. John David was only
there for three weeks, but Lucy, they had to do CAT scans and stick these
things in her eyes for tests, and she would cry this weak little cry.... It was
just horrifying," she says, her voice breaking. "And I don't want to
take away from how wonderful it was to bring John David home, but I couldn't
help but feel like on the day that we did, Lucy was still there, begging me not
to leave her. That's really how it felt."
Through it all, Grace credits her husband as her rock. "He never left my
side. He slept in the hospital with me — but he couldn't figure out how to
unfold the sleeping chair and kept it half collapsed, accordion style," she
says. "And I was having all these weird, feverish episodes, so I'd throw
off the sheets and have the temperature turned all the way down, and he would
have to sleep in his jeans, a shirt, his coat, and his hat. But he stuck with
me the whole time."
When Lucy finally came home, about six weeks after her birth, Grace was able
to relax at last. "Let me tell you, once we had both our babies with us, it
just stunned me to realize all the blessings I've been given," she says.
"These babies are my miracles."
Grace's loyal viewers have sent her countless baby blankets, books, toys,
and clothes — but anyone who tunes in can see that motherhood hasn't softened
her trademark style. Not long after returning to work, Grace spoke out about a
notorious Internet video of a nanny roughly handling 8-month-old twins.
"I'd kill her," Grace told her viewers coolly. "And I wouldn't even
use a weapon. I'd just use these," she said, holding up her bare hands.
"Here's the thing," Grace says now. "To suggest that you can't
be both a mother who is completely in love with her babies, and a professional
who is tough and tenacious, is ridiculous. If anything, now I feel even more
passionate about fighting for victims. Now it gets to me so much whenever we
cover a story about a child who has been harmed or a baby who has been
abandoned that the camera has to cut away from me because I need a moment to
pull myself together. It makes me angrier than ever."