Hundreds of NICU graduates recently reunited with the Kaiser Permanente nurses, doctors and staff who gave them a healthy start to life.
The reunion, dubbed the NICU Fall Family Festival, took place at Roseville Medical Center and drew 800 people, including 200 children who were born premature or at risk from 2005 through 2007.
Seeing these kids healthy and happy is just fantastic, Sandy Sharon, RN, MBA, the hospitals chief operating officer, said in a news release. It is a wonderful reminder of the exceptional care our staff gives every day to our littlest patients.
Parents Rob and Danielle Crandell reunited with the NICU team that cared for their daughter, Sophia. She was born with complications, and her parents were told she had a 20 percent chance to live.Photos by Michelle Monier-Kilgore
Sharon Esguerra, RN, NICU, back right, reunites with Sharle Killorn, back left, and her twin daughters, Shaelee and Shannel, at the festival. Some 21 sets of twins attended the reunion, as did six sets of triplets.
It was an awesome feeling to see her doctor, see her nurses, and say, this baby who didnt have hardly any chance, shes a perfect 3 1/2-year-old now, and she can participate in every one of these activities, Danielle Crandell said. She is our miracle baby.
During long stays at NICU, Crandell recalled, she bonded not only with her newborn, but with the nurses who helped save Sophias life. They were so positive, upbeat and open; I dont know how they do that every day.