More than 300 graduates attended the 11th annual Edward Hospital NICU Reunion at DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville, Ill. Some of the children, who are now ages 11 to 12, were from the first Level 3 NICU class of 1996.
Other special graduates also took part in the reunion. Ten-month-old Bella Craig of Lockport, Ill. — the NICUs most recent high-profile patient — made an appearance. She was born with a condition in which internal organs are outside the body covered by a thin membrane. After her birth, an antibiotic cream had to be applied to transform the membrane into a protective shell. She was discharged mid-May and is doing well.Laura Odom, RN, of the NICU at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., gets her hair pulled by 10-month-old Annabelle Alonzo of Oswego, Ill.
Other NICU graduates of note are the four surviving Horton quintuplets, who gained national attention in 2004. Caitlynn, Coira, Lachlan, and Porter turned 4 in October.
“Baby Zoe,” who was born in 2004 as one of the world’s smallest babies at 10.8 ounces and 9.5 inches long, also took part. Zoe was the ninth-smallest baby in the world to survive, the third smallest in the U.S., and the smallest in DuPage County, according to a news release.
Also in attendence were the Medrano quadruplets, Alexander, Alessandro, Michael, and Ysabell, who were born in 2006. The quadruplets were conceived naturally, without fertility drugs or treatment. The ratio of natural quadruplets is 1 in 512,000, says Don Taylor, DO, medical director of perinatology at Edward Hospital.