Smiling healthy children and adults who once were very sick patients at Methodist Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit mingled with doctors and nurses at the Arcadia Community Center on Sunday afternoon. The infants, children and adults, who attended with their families, took the event as an opportunity to show how they had beat the odds and are thriving today.
The expressions on the parents’ faces said it all: This was a time for joy for everyone who had experienced difficult and emotional days in the Methodist NICU. Over 200 people attended the Sunday afternoon event.
The vast majority of births are uncomplicated, according to doctors at Methodist. Nevertheless, if problems arise, Methodist offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on site, allowing babies to receive the best possible care without delay. A multidisciplinary team with specialized knowledge and clinical expertise in the critical care of babies provides coverage 24 hours a day.
Of the many young people who spent time in Methodist’s NICU and attended the party on Sunday, one young girl stood out in particular. Emanuela Cosgrove, now 16-months old, was a 1lb 6oz prematurely born baby who spent the first 102 days of her life in an incubator at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital
These days, Emanuela is doing quite well, according to her mother who has six other children in her family and is thus no stranger to raising little ones. There also were a few set of twins, including Kaylaah and Kayleen Saenz who are just turning eight months old.
Some past patients showed off pictures of themselves as infants while other guests enjoyed a game of musical chairs and a lunch provided by the hospital. City and state representatives were also on hand to present certificates to the NICU team members and Dennis Lee, CEO of the hospital.