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NICU families reunited with doctors, nurses at annual picnic

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jul 28, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — For any parent, having a newborn end up in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a scary experience.

"I don't even know how to describe it, it's just a roller coaster," said Niki Williams, whose daughter was born more than 10 weeks early. She had lung issues and kidney disease.

Williams was one of dozens of parents at John Venezia Community Park for the 38th annual "NICU reunion" where families reunite with the doctors and nurses who took care of them during their time in intensive care.

With the new Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs, it meant a change of location and time for the annual event. Typically it's held at Boulder Park near Memorial Hospital Central.

Doctors and nurses agree, the change will make a big difference for families that have kids in the NICU.

"I take pride in that we're able to save these kids and able to really contbiute to who they become as children and members of their family and society," said Kara Murphy, a Neonatologist with Children's Hospital Colorado.