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Newborn intensive unit hosts celebration

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by: Patrick Manning

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- All of the kids at the celebration were born and treated in the newborn intensive care unit at the Aspirus Women's Health Center in Wausau.

            Staff and families that have had children go thru the NICU came together to celebrate life.

"It makes us feel really good. It's really fun to be able to share happy times with these families. It's really good to see their progress and how they've done," said Sue McDonald,  

            More than 300 people attended the celebration.

            Linda Brennan's son Marcus was born premature, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces. She was uncertain whether or not her son would survive, but the treatment at the NICU saved his life.

           "Horrible... I couldn't even describe in a word. There would be no way something even three pounds could survive," said Brennan.

              Marcus is now home and a happy and playful 7 month old with a bright and healthy future.

              "They will give him a couple of years to get caught up with the other kids. They are hoping within to years he will be caught up to a regular two year old," she adds.

             The NICU center opened in 2006.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning

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