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Miracle Baby Returns to the NICU With a Gift 16 Years Later

Most teenagers want a car or other expensive token item for their birthdays – but not 16-year-old Rebecca Kamens. Rebecca wanted to give a gift back to the hospital that helped give her life.

Kamens recently spent one week on the floor of the Neonatal Unit as a part of a student’s study program at her highschool, Alex Irwin. While there, she observed and helped the nurses care for the premature infants, but this wasn’t Kamen’s first visit to the NICU unit.

Kamens was born in the Jefferson hospital 16 years ago at just 29 weeks gestation. She weighed in at 1 pound, 7 ounces and spent more than the first three months of her life in the NICU unit. One of her caregivers at the special care unity, Maryanne Welsh, still works there, which made the visit all the more special.

In addition to the lovely reunion, Kamens was able to get a real look into the beginning of her life. She told NBC that she was able to gain an understanding of what preemie babies and their families have to go through. Kamens also expressed that the experience helped to put together the mystery that was the difficult, but miraculous, beginning of her life.

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done.

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