BANGOR – Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) is celebrating with a lot of happy families because of what the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) did for their kids. Parents who persevered during their hardest times are sharing their stories.
“When you got your newborn in NICU and your wife in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), you’re wondering what are you going to say to your other two kids,” said Eric Adams.
Many families face complications in delivery rooms and some don’t have happy endings.
“It was a very scary time but with the amazing teamwork of the NICU, they were able to bring her back,” said Amy Brasslett, talking about her now 12 year old daughter.
To celebrate families who have faced those trials and tribulations, the EMMC staff and NICU families reunited to fellowship with one another.
“I have seen some of this. It’s amazing what they can do,” said Joe Brasslett, “The technology today has changed, bringing more of these little ones around.”
Some families came back after a year and others after 12 years.
“When you look around and you see all of these healthy kids and you realize how many lives the NICU has touched and realize that you have this common bond,” said Adams, “even if you never see these people again, it’s pretty cool.”
One by one, and some even by twos, these parents showed off their beautiful children, displaying how far they have come. All of them grateful for what the staff did for their families.
“We owe everything to this staff,” said Adams, “They were just amazing. I went from the worst day of my life to couple days later, the happiest guy on the planet knowing that everything will be okay.”