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NICU families reunite with doctors and nurses

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - From the very young to adults now parents themselves-- those born premature celebrated their special bond at a reunion Saturday put on by the University Hospital's NICU.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - From the very young to adults now parents themselves-- those born premature celebrated their special bond at a reunion Saturday put on by the University Hospital's NICU.

The annual picnic is a chance for families with one-time critically ill and premature babies to get together and celebrate the success stories.

“It's a nice outlet for them to be around kids their age and share with other parents experiences we've had trials problems that have come up,” said Jennifer Hunt, mother of premature babies.

Doctors and nurses soak in the healthy lives they helped make possible.

“It's just kind of a way to celebrate what they've gone through and get together and see each other again,” said Becky Hatfield, who helped organized the event. Hatfield has been putting on the picnic for years. One of the preemies who comes every year is her own son now 31 years old.

“It's just beautiful, you have a bunch of 24-25 week kids that at one point are clinging to life, you have nurses here running around remembering parents and remembering the fight those little kids had,” said Grier Hatfield. “It's just wonderful to be a part of it.”

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