NICU reunion at St. Mary's hospital

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Every year, St. Mary’s Hospital puts on a reunion for kids and their families who were in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.

Babies born early or who get sick can spend a long time in intensive care with their families. They get to know the nurses and folks at the hospital. That's why staff at St. Mary’s put on the reunion because once babies leave, nurses and families like to stay in touch.

“Now we're past the NICU, we're out, we're living life. We have the babies out, they're healthy, so it's just really good for the nurses to see how far the babies have come," Jessie Bonilla, whose twins were in the NICU, said.

The twins, Penelope and Lorenzo, got their hands traced on a quilt made by nurses at the hospital. They stitch on the handprints from every reunion, to watch kids grow up.

Just last year, NICU nurses had to start a second quilt, because the first one was getting too full.