Lutheran Children's Hospital Holds 25th NICU Reunion (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive
By Chris Smurr - 21Alive

August 2, 2014 Updated Aug 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) – Saturday marked the 25th Annual Reunion for graduates from the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) at Lutheran Children's Hospital.

Organizers say the reunion provides an opportunity for nurses, physicians and families to reunite and to see the progress of children who were at one time in need of the critical care available through the NICU.

Organizers sent out invitations to over 700 former patients and their families.

“We get to see them progress they may be here with for three months, five months or even up to eight or nine months before they even get to go home and parents have to share their little ones with us and today is a great big encouragement to all of us nurses and also as the families come we can encourage them because they've done an excellent job and it's really great to see their children doing so well,” said Irene Wagley, and RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Wagley says she and her fellow nurses feel extremely blessed to be working with children.

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