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Parents, kids celebrate overcoming bad starts
BY DAN EAKIN, Staff Writer
Going to the hospital is not usually thought of as being fun.
But it was Saturday, as almost 200 parents and children attended a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion Barnyard Roundup at Medical Center of Lewisville.
The Community Room on the second floor of the hospital was filled with happy children ranging from only a few weeks old to a few weeks old who, accompanied by their parents, were having a good time at the party which featured a play area, refreshments and a visit from the Chick-Filet cow.
The hospital provided cowboy hats, bandanas and sheriff’s badges for all who came. The hospital also provided a photographer who made fee pictures for the families.
Most of the children, including several sets of twins and at least one set of triplets, had been born pre-maturely, and some had other birth defects that had to be corrected.
Morgan Stauter, 2-year-old daughter of Bill and Shay Stauter of Flower Mound, was born nine and a half-weeks too early, and weighed only three pounds at birth.
“She weighs a lot more than that now,” her father laughed.
The event was a time for parents of NICU children to get acquainted with each other, for the children to play together and for the parents and children to re-visit with nurses and doctors with whom they had formed a bond while the babies were still in intensive care.
“This was also a time for the parents to celebrate the life of their special children and the progress they have made,” said Courtney Kennedy, director of marketing and public relations for Medical Center of Lewisville. “The reunion also provided families with an opportunity to socialize with other families who have had similar experiences.”
“Families who have had a child in Medical Center of Lewisville’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have truly survived a stressful and anxious period in their lives,” said Veronica Gonner, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Medical Center of Lewisville. “If a child has spent time in our NICU, they had health obstacles to overcome.”
“This reunion gave them the opportunity to celebrate the successful progress of these children,” she added. “It provided an opportunity for parents to share their stories with other families who have gone through similar experiences.”
Medical Center of Lewisville has one of the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Denton County. The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art intensive care nursery technology and an experienced staff that specializes in caring for premature or critically-ill infants.
The staff includes neonatologists, perinatologists, nurses, therapists and other health care specialists.
In 2003, Medical Center of Lewisville expanded its Women’s and Children’s Services. The major expansion included a16-bed Level III NICU, a new obstetrics/gynecology unit, labor and delivery unit and a pediatric/adolescent unit.
Since this expansion, area hospitals have transferred numerous mothers and newborns to Medical Center of Lewisville for treatment.