Hundreds of parents and their NICU graduates reunited with doctors and nurses who cared for them in the first days of their lives.
Young NICU graduate Myla Miller is full of life.
"Now she's a thriving 16 month old. She keeps me on my toes, walking now..."
At 22 pounds, she's a healthy baby girl. But, it's a complete turnaround from when she born.
"She was under a pound. 15 ounces and 12 inches," said mother Shale Miller.
Myla was born nearly 4 months early. She spent the next 3 months of her life at the Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Children's Hospital.
"She had to go through a lot of blood transfusions, the nurses, the doctors were right there just to make sure she was making the necessary progress."
Saturday was the perfect opportunity for first-time mom to thank her hospital staff. And it's just as gratifying for doctors to see the infants.
"It's really great to see them come in here, doing so well running in the hallways, big smiles, off of the tubes and all.
So, for us, it's a validation that we do make a difference in the lives of families in our community," said Rachana Singh.
Baystate Children's has the highest level NICU, providing specialized care for the tiniest premature infants and critically-ill babies born in the area.
Baystate Children's Hospital sees nearly 600 of the sickest newborns each year.
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