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Born preemie, Rocklin tot reunited with Sutter NICU doctors, nurses

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Baby Wyatt, who spent two weeks in the Sutter Roseville Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit, was reunited with the nurses and doctors who cared for him at the NICU Reunion, held Oct. 13 at the medical center.

Wyatt was born three and a half weeks early at only 4 pounds, 11 ounces. His mother, Charlene Becker, had been diagnosed with preeclampsia in her eight month of pregnancy. Her obstetrician, Tatiana Fromlak, M.D., kept a close watch on Becker and her unborn baby. Unfortunately Becker went into labor early. When Wyatt was born on June 12, the tiny baby was whisked to the NICU after it was determined he was having a problem feeding.

During Wyatt’s two-week stay in the NICU, Becker visited every day. She was impressed with the NICU staff, saying all the nurses were friendly and knowledgeable.

“They were always checking on us and making sure we were comfortable,” she said.

Now this happy and healthy four-month-old was one of more than 100 “graduates” of the NICU who gathered with their families to thank their nurses and doctors for saving their young lives during the NICU Reunion held at the medical center.

Many of these children were born preemies with extremely low birth weight – including twins, triplets and quadruplets. A Level III NICU, the 16-bed NICU is supported by board-certified neonatologists and nurses who have special certification in caring for premature or ill babies.

This unique, state-of-the-art NICU was designed by doctors, nurses and parents who know first-hand what it’s like to have a baby in a NICU. It allows parents to have closer contact with their babies during this difficult time while also providing a home-like feel.

Families whose children have received care in the nursery hold fond memories of the dedication of the staff that provide care. The staff develops equally strong bonds to the babies and families with whom they share this special, but difficult, life experience. This reunion gathered staff and families back together to celebrate life.

Among the activities the children participated in at the Harvest Festival-themed reunion were a cupcake walk, beanbag toss and diaper derby.

For more information on Sutter Roseville Medical Center, visit www.sutterroseville.org. Sutter Roseville is at 1 Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville.