As her health improved, caseworkers started to discuss where Nicole would go after she was discharged.
Boyd, who was adopted as a child, realized she could take in the baby girl. Her husband, Taylor Boyd, quickly agreed.
"I don’t think I was surprised at all, honestly," Taylor Boyd said. "I think (Amber’s) just a very selfless personality. It is very much in her nature. Just any chance she gets, she does everything she can to be selfless."
Nicole soon moved in with her new parents, and she underwent surgery in October to close her belly and attach her abdominal muscles.
The Boyds became Nicole's foster parents. In February, they officially adopted her.
Now Nicole is 3years old and is the picture of happiness.
"She's incredible," Amber Boyd said. "She has learned in one short year … to crawl, stand and walk."
The family has had challenges, however.
Nicole has to have her trach changed daily and has dealt with multiple surgeries and cardiac arrests.
But the Boyds are happy to have Nicole in their family.
"I can't imagine a time without her," says Taylor Boyd. "We have only had her for a short amount of time (but) she has become a huge part of the family."
Amber Boyd's older sister, Meli Gonzales, set up a GoFundMe page to help the Boyds buy a new car to help foster more children with special medical needs.
"It is like a perfect fit. I don't know how to explain it, it was just right," says nurse Nicole Boyd, after the adoption of her daughter was official.