A special graduation was held Saturday, for parents with babies who spent the first days of their lives in the neo-natal unit.
It was a reunion, like no other at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield.
Dozens of parents and their now healthy babies returned to the hospital to say ‘thank you’ to the caregivers who treated and in some cases, saved their babies lives.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at them now, but these babies were all born premature and in some cases, with serious health complications.
Just like, little Michael from Longmeadow, who was born with breathing issues, but is thriving now.
“We were lucky that he was only in there for a week, but some of them had been in there for months; and it just really put things in perspective for you. I’m hoping that all the parents that are going through it, that they just stay strong and know that they are in good hands here,” said Jennifer Rossi of East Longmeadow.
800 babies were born premature or with health problems at Baystate Children’s Hospital in 2017. Babies born under 36 weeks are considered premature.