Having a child who is born premature can be one of the toughest challenges a parent can face. For the families of the babies who recover every day they spend with their child is precious. Our Candace Hopkins was at Crouse Hospital for the hospital's annual NICU graduates reunion.
Having a child who is born premature can be one of the toughest challenges a parent can face. For the families of the babies who recover every day they spend with their child is precious. Our Candace Hopkins was at Crouse Hospital for the hospital's annual neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates reunion.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Crouse Hospital NICU was filled with smiling faces Sunday afternoon as the hospital's former premature patients and their parents reunited with the facility's staff. For many of the parents- the road to this day has been filled with unimaginable hardships. Tammy Bragg delivered her triplets Alexis, Brooklyn and Caitlin at just 27 weeks.
"It's been a rough rough road, but you know, we've made it through it and it's getting a lot easier now, and I'm just internally grateful to have them in my life," said Tammy Bragg, mother of premature triplets.
Former patients of all ages gathered to thank the unit's staff including Josh Miner, 18, who was born four months early. Next week Josh will graduate from West Genesee High School, a day his dad wasn't sure he would ever see.
"The first 24 hours, a lot of things were being thrown at us as parents as to how long he might live, the odds against him living and surviving,” said Don Miner, his son was treated at Crouse NICU ."He beat the odds. He's 18 now, 18 operations later".
The nurses here at the Crouse NICU say they develop close relationships with their patients and their families during treatment so seeing those healthy children during this reunion is an extremely rewarding feeling.
"It's very heart-warming, its, they look so good, the families are so happy, it's such a nice experience to see them because it's a scary place in the NICU when their babies are born," said Kathy Costello, Crouse NICU nurse manager.
For just one day that scary place has been taken over by joy and the hope for a future filled with healthy babies.