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Your Healthy Family: UCHealth Memorial NICU reunion

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This is the 36th year that Memorial Hospital has held the neonatal intensive care reunion. This is the 36th year that Memorial Hospital has held the neonatal intensive care reunion.
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Families of babies born prematurely or of babies needing special care were reunited today with the doctors and nurses at UCHealth Memorial Hospital who cared for them during their most vulnerable months. This is the 36th year that Memorial Hospital has held the neonatal intensive care reunion. The event draws together families from across Colorado – including a group from Rocky Ford that brought 16 members of their extended family with them to the reunion.

Each child at the reunion had a unique story. Amberley and Dommnique Washington were about to move to South Korea with the Army when Amberley’s water broke at just 23 weeks. The military let them stay in town so that their daughter Nyla could get the care she needed in the NICU.

Amberley Washington says, "They tell us that what did it was kangaroo care -- I was here all day and I just held her.” Despite her very early arrival at just 1 lb., 4 oz., Nyla is perfectly healthy. There were no complications. The family is preparing to move again -- this time they're headed to Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

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