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MOBILE, Ala. Hundreds of babies, toddlers, teens and even a few Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses gathered at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital on Oct. 23 to reunite with the men and women who helped them thrive in the days after they were born too soon.
The 27th annual NICU reunion drew a crowd of more than 800 to the hospital’s courtyard for a fall festival-themed community event that featured games, entertainment, Azalea Trail Maids, popular children's characters and a photo booth where little ones and their parents held up signs showing how many weeks of gestation their moms were when they were born.
NICU graduates are babies who were born premature, underweight or ill, and were treated in the NICU at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. A Level III NICU, it provides the region’s most advanced care for premature and critically ill newborns. NICUs are classified by the level of care they are equipped and certified to provide. Level III NICUs provide comprehensive care to the sickest of newborns.
At least 1,000 babies are admitted annually to the hospital’s NICU in Mobile. Most days, at least 80 premature infants are cared for in the unit.
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