How are doctors saving more tiny, premature babies than ever before?

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). [[{"fid":"20286","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_media_tree[und]":"_none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":"400","width":"300","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]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.


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