“Miracle” babies say thank you to their caretakers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Some very special Western Massachusetts babies and their parents celebrated a milestone Saturday. 22News was there as babies who spent time in Baystate Medical’s NICU, reunited with those who cared for them.

Just months after their parents feared for their lives, these “miracle” babies are talking, walking and playing.

Along with their very proud parents, hundreds of soon-to-be toddlers, re-visited the staff at Baystate Medical Center’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU.

Michael and Julia Aliosi’s twins were born 5 weeks pre-mature just 11 months ago. “It’s hard because you have new kids, but then you have to go home at night and they’re there in the little box by themselves, and stuff, but you know they have really good care around the clock 24, hours,” Michael Aliosi said.

Now, the family celebrates little Ashton and Brooklyn’s lives, as they continue to gain weight and develop, a prime example of what Saturday’s celebration reunion was all about.

Mother Julia, told 22News she owes much of the twins success to the NICU nurses. “It’s just nice to say thank you, and let them see how big the kids have gotten. They’re help, helped get them to this point, so without them we couldn’t have done it,” Aliosi said.

For the nursing staff who cared for the infants in those 1st few critical days and months the event was a way for them to reunite and see all the progress the children have made.

“They look so wonderful. We’re looking out here and we’re seeing this wonderful growth and they’re thriving. They’ve done so well and I told them before it’s why we keep doing what we’re doing,” Sue Sweeney, Baystate Medical Center NICU nurse.

At this 37th annual reunion festivity, many families saw each other for the first time since their children were in NICU together.

Each year, Baystate Medical Center’s NIC-U cares for approximately 600 of the region’s sickest newborns.

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