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Families, Doctors, and Nurses Celebrate the Gift of Life

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LAS VEGAS -- Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC celebrated a 20-year neonatal reunion with dozens of their youngest survivors.

Dozens of children were reunited with the nurses and physicians who cared for them while spending weeks or months in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.

The Romero Family spent nearly ten months in the NICU for their son Angel.
Angel was born at only six months old, weighing 2lbs 1oz.
He underwent four surgeries and was attached to a high frequency ventilator to help him breathe.

Now, Angel's mom, Bianca says her son is happy and healthy entering kindergarten.

"We cannot believe how good he is now and how bad he was before," Bianca Romero said.

"Some of our premature babies are born at a mere pound and at only 23-24 weeks gestation. When they are that little, we can actually hold them in our hands, and it is such a joy to see these children getting bigger and healthier now," said Lisa Pacheco, UMC's Director of Maternal Child Services.

Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC is home to a Level III NICU, which is the highest level of care that can be provided for premature babies.

"Technology has advanced so much over the last twenty years and that coupled with the caring hands of our staff helps give these little ones a better start in the world," said Dr. Meena Vohra, Medical Director of Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC.

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