“Oh my gosh, he looks beautiful,” proclaims Misti Moore, an R.N. case manager at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Fellow nurse Amber Tenholder already had dibs on holding Joshua first. The thriving, albeit sleepy, baby boy returned to the NICU with his mom, Christina, to visit the staff and boast about his gaining 2 pounds since being discharged after five months of watchful care from dozens of staff members like Misti and Amber.
“We pour our hearts into these babies. It’s really special,” Moore says.
“I drove here daily for five months. Today was nothing,” Christina says of the visit from Mulberry, which is south of Lakeland in Polk County.
“It’s what makes it worth coming to work for every day,” Moore says.
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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