Neonatal Intensive Care Unit "Pictures of Hope"
A new "then and now" photo exhibit at Bronson Children's Hospital is designed to bring hope to families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Pictures of Hope display features photos of former Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients who spent days, weeks or months in the NICU. The pictures show the former patients have now grown into healthy toddlers, teens or adults. Some of the babies were so small, their parents were able to fit a wedding band around their tiny arms.
Patients and families pictured in the photos each had the opportunity to unveil their own pictures during a reception in Bronson's North Pavilion. George Kudwa, who was just three pounds when he was born, is now 26 years old. "I'm very lucky and blessed to be here today," Kudwa says. "That's what these photos remind me of."
Julia Cretsinger, who had three babies who each spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit, became teary-eyed when she saw the photos. "It makes me feel good to be part of it, so there is hope for other families," Cretsinger says. Wendy Finsterwald-Watts, manager of nursing in the NICU, says when the photos are installed in the halls of the NICU, it will be very meaningful to families of current and future patients. "We hope it will be encouraging for them to see these former patients smiling and having fun," she says.
Photographer Linda Hoard donated her time and services to capture the beautiful images. The exhibit is funded through the Bronson Health Foundation.