Texas Children’s Hospital hosts event for former NICU children
“Made in Texas” had new meaning for the more than 500 children and families who attended a themed neonatal intensive care unit reunion on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Texas Children’s Hospital.
The event reunited doctors, nurses and other staff that cared for the children. The reunion celebrated former patients who graduated from the Newborn Center in 2017.
Held at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, parents shared stories of hope and triumph with other NICU families and reconnected with the nurses and doctors who delivered life-saving care to their critically-ill babies.
Families enjoyed barbecue, fun games for babies and toddlers, face painting, a photo booth, airbrush tattoos, tricycle rides and dancing with Trolls, SpongeBob SquarePants and Pikachu characters.
Texas Children’s Hospital, together with Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, houses the nation’s largest NICU and provides level IV care, the highest level of care available for sick and premature newborns.
The reunion is planned by hospital staff and the Newborn Center Family Advisory Committee, a group of parents whose babies were cared for in the NICU at Texas Children’s. The NICU reunion is made possible in large part by the continued support and funds raised through The Bad Pants Open, a golf tournament going on its 21st year where all proceeds benefit Texas Children’s Newborn Center; directly supporting research and advanced education for NICU providers and family support for needs such as parking and bereavement.
For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org.