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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion Children Share Stories of Tough Beginnings and Promising Futures

Reunion Commemorates 28 years of Celebrating Children’s Second Chance at Life
Dr. Jefferies with Gillian Hernandez

WHAT: Miami Children’s Hospital celebrated its 28th Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) “Doggone Good Time” Reunion Party. All former NICU babies and families were invited to this special event to celebrate and exchange stories.

WHERE: Miami Children’s Hospital, Auditorium
3100 S.W. 62 Avenue, Miami

WHEN: Sunday, February 26, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.



· Meet De’Najia Moore, who was born in November 2000, requiring immediate surgery for a complicated problem. Much of her gastrointestinal tract was exposed on the outside of her abdomen at birth. After major surgery, De’Najia stayed several months at MCH until she recovered enough for a second surgery. Today she is a lively toddler.

· Meet Deniye Chavez, who was admitted after being born prematurely (24 weeks) early in 2001. A fragile neonate, she stayed in the NICU until she was strong enough to go home in June 2001.

BACKGROUND: The Neonatology Division at Miami Children’s Hospital was the first of its kind in South Florida and has over 20 years of experience caring for neonates. This past year it admitted more than 650 newborns. Currently, Miami Children’s has more pediatric and neonatal beds than any other children’s hospital in Florida.

Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. Ranked Miami–Dade County’s “Best Pediatric Hospital” by South Florida Parenting Magazine, Miami Children's Hospital offers medical care and services for children from birth to age 21. The 268-bed medical facility has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine.

CONTACT: Cynthia Gutierrez-White pager: (305) 286-4370