The new mother looks at her premature baby crying in the incubator with fear and yearning. How can she pick him up with all those wires? What if she pulls one out?
The baby basics classes during pregnancy didn’t prepare her for the unexpected early delivery or the neonatal intensive care unit. Thankfully, she is not alone.
“Focus on the three main wires,” nurse Teresa Ritter, R.N., reassures. “Just tuck them together like this and pick him up like this. You can do that. We’re monitoring him. I’m here if you need me.”
The mother tentatively reaches over and lifts the child into her arms. He immediately stops crying. A mother's bond with her son solidifies.
As the vaccine comes to the frontline workers, a world of possibilities begins to open up.
For Gavin, the hospital isn’t all about challenges and adversity. It’s about giving joy to others.
The holidays she has altered to care for kids are too many to count, but as she retires, she leaves much for patients and colleagues to be thankful.
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