March of Dimes hosts NICU reunion

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The March of Dimes hosted a reunion Friday night for families who faced scary times when their kids were born.

More than 400 families and caregivers came to the Children's Museum of Maine to honor premature infants and babies who had to spend their first days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. According to the March of Dimes, one in 10 babies are born prematurely in Maine each year.

This event gave families a chance to trade stories and celebrate their now healthy children. Topher and Kristin Mallory's daughter was born late, but spent time in the NICU because she had serious complications at birth.

Topher Mallory said, "It's awesome here tonight to see so many happy, healthy children, which I'm sure is what every parent wished they could have seen in the crystal ball, in those trying times, for hope. This is what they wanted to see."

Maine Medical Center's NICU serves about 850 babies a year. You can learn more about the March of Dimes by clicking here.


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