On Saturday, March 25th some of Orange Park Medical Center's tiniest patients came back to the hospital to meet those that helped them push through their critical first weeks of life. The patients and families of those that have spent time in their Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) came to the hospital's first annual NICU Reunion.
The Fishers, parents to baby Eva shared one of the many miracle stories that have come out the hospital's NICU. Baby Eva was born at just 33 weeks. She came into the world not breathing. The team at Orange Park Medical Center worked on Eva for 54 minutes. Eva started breathing 6 minutes after her time of death was called. After spending 38 days in the NICU, baby Eva was released to go home. With a birth weight of just 3 lbs. 12 oz. she is now 11 months and weighs a healthy 17 lbs. 10 oz.
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony with the Fisher's sharing their story, the hospital's CEO and March of Dimes. The morning was full of family friendly activities. For the kids, there was face painting, coloring stations, tours of the pediatric unit and a play and learn area for the kids to play with the tiny equipment that was used to care for them. For the parents there was Q&A with physicians, networking with other families of NICU babies and vendors.