“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.
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