A Special Visit to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
On March 22, we had a special visit from a patient born here at PVHMC nearly
seven years ago! Nova was born in July 2012 at 33 weeks and was adopted
immediately by her fathers, Tim and Steven. After spending more than two
weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Nova made the trip to
her new home in New York.
As part of Nova’s, and her older sister Tova’s, spring break
this year, their fathers decided to pack up an RV and road trip cross-country
to visit the hospitals where the girls were born.
“The girls were getting to the age where they wanted to know where
they came from,” they said. “But since there were some things
the kids didn’t understand yet, coming to visit the hospital and
making a trip out of this was a great experience.”
For their visit to PVHMC, they reached out Laurie Torres, MSW, ACSW, a
clinical social worker who initially worked on Nova’s case, and
quickly coordinated the visit.
Nova and her family were able to tour the NICU, where she interacted with
the Giraffe OmniBed in the unit where she stayed, and met some of the
many nurses and doctors that took care of her almost seven years ago.
The visit was also an emotional one for the fathers, who spent about 19
days with Nova in the NICU before being able to take her home. Of their
2012 stay, they said: “the experience was overwhelming, but everyone
was kind, gentle and clear so it was very comforting.”
They also shared a few kind words for other families with a baby in NICU:
“It gets better.”
The Hospital and our care teams are so grateful for the opportunity to
see our patients so many years later. We wish this family all of the love,
health and joy in the world!