The cover on Time Magazine this week features a tiny premature infant, one of thousands who survive and thrive thanks to the remarkable doctors, nurses and technology in today's Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). In the article, author Jeffrey Kluger, spent time in a NICU, observing first hand the remarkable advances in technology and the skill of today's doctors and nurses who work to give the tiniest infants a fighting chance.
The same miracles occur every day at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital NICU, located at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Carilion's 60-bed regional NICU cares for about 600 babies each year - the 3rd largest in Virginia.
Each year, the NICU staff throws a birthday party, attended by dozens of NICU "graduates". Its a chance for the doctors, nurses and staff to see those once-tiny babies laughing, playing and enjoying normal, fulfilling lives.
This year's NICU party was featured on WSLS-TV.