Families, nurses and doctors meet again for NICU Reunion

Published: Aug. 21, 2016 at 10:27 PM CDT
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A parade of strollers, babies and parents may have been the cutest thing to happen in the city on Sunday. It was part of a NICU Reunion at West Dodge Elementary. More than 500 showed up in support of doctors and nurses who cared for their babies when they were at their most vulnerable.

Ask any one of Nancy Murray’s patients and they’ll say she’s a rock star, though her actual title is NICU nurse at Women’s Methodist Hospital. Trying to keep up with Nurse Nancy is like trying to get the little ones she once cared for to sit still.

Nurse Nancy met up with many of babies she once cared for and their parents Sunday. Though there were two special boys Nancy was really looking forward to seeing.

"We're going NOWHERE until I find Owen and Joel," said Nancy. "Alright...alright I'm about ready to text them."

But she didn’t need to, she spotted boys and their parents.

"Well... she knows everyone," said mom Allison Matson.

"Only half," Nancy replied.

Joel Matson spent five weeks in the NICU. Owen Matson stayed a whopping 107 days!

"The most difficult part honestly was having one child at home already and having to travel back-and-forth," said Allison.

That’s why Allison said people like nurse Nancy are so important to parents and their kids who came out Sunday.

A major construction project at Methodist Women's Hospital will expand the NICU. By fall of 2017, construction should be complete on the $20 million expansion.