There were plenty of kisses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s 32nd annual reunion party this morning on the grounds of Victoria General Hospital.
Graduates of unit with a chance to reconnect with the doctors and nurses who helped them through their first hours of life and to rekindle friendships made in the unit.
The NICU provides medical and nursing care to about 600 babies each year.
2-years ago, Iver Benson was one of those babies.
Baby Iver was born at 28 weeks, to his mother Robyn, who was clinically brain dead and kept alive until his birth.
Today, Iver is a rambunctious toddler and his dad, remains grateful for the care he received.
“Everyone here was so nice the first 90 days of Iver’s life. I depended on them for everything and he did as well and you know they did an amazing job,” says Dylan Benson, “it’s emotional but its so nice to see all the nurses and get big hugs and things like that they like seeing him and he likes seeing them as well”
Michelle Rein’s son Linden was delivered at 30 weeks and weighed just over 3 pounds, “it’s kind of cool to see all the kids and all the nurses and to see how everybody is getting bigger and it brings back a lot of memories.”
Many graduates come back to visit every year.
According to NICU Manager Gillian Kozinka, “this is our opportunity to get together and celebrate the babies that are doing well and to remember the babies that aren’t doing so well and haven’t made it through this journey we celebrate and acknowledge those babies too.”