More Than 100 Former NICU Families Attend Reunion: “A Room Full of Miracles”
“It’s a room full of miracles.” That’s how Amy Smith described the 2012 NICU Reunion, held June 2 at The Nebraska Medical Center as her infant son Maxwell slept in her arms.
The annual reunion is a chance for families to reconnect with each other and with the nurses who helped care for their babies while they were in the NICU.
“The parents often send us pictures so we can see how the babies are progressing,” said Beverly Thomas, RN, a NICU nurse who just celebrated her 25th anniversary at the medical center. Thomas said events like this are one of the reasons she became a nurse. “It’s so rewarding to see these children who we struggled with and helped through the toughest parts of their lives. It’s so rewarding.”
“It’s awesome to be here,” said Mario Smith, whose son Myles went home from the NICU just a few months ago. “He was very sick there for a while. But he had such excellent care here. That’s the main reason we’re here today; just to come back and see everyone and show how much we appreciate all the care.”
Smith and his wife Lexi were also able to reconnect with friends they made in the NICU; friends whose infant son was suffering from the same rare condition as Myles.
“This was the first time they’ve really seen each other,” said Aubrey Paulsen, the mother of Myles’ little friend Christian. “We became friends. We always had someone there who understood what we were going through. We cried and hugged a lot.”
The tears at the reunion were tears of joy and were often mixed with laughter.