Having a child that immediately needs medical care can be a scary experience, and some parents worry that their children won't make it past the first few months of their lives. With the help of the nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital, many of these patients do make it through...and what results is a special bond between the patient and staff that remains significant for the child's life for years to come.

U.C. Health and Medical Center of the Rockies recently celebrated this bond as they do every year with their annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery Reunion at PVH. The circus-themed celebration allowed parents to reconnect with the staff members that helped their children, and the children to play with their friends.

Two nurses from UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit reunite with 7-month-old Malia Gavagan of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and her mother Julianne Gavagan at the hospital’s annual NICU reunion on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Fort Collins. Malia was cared for in the NICU after she was born earlier this year. More than 500 people attended the event to return to the hospital to see the nurses, doctors and other families. Photo courtesy of UCHealth.

According to a press release, "the team of highly specialized physicians and nurses at PVH’s NICU in Fort Collins regularly cares for newborns born from 27 to 44 weeks gestation - and sometimes as young as 26 weeks - as well as those with respiratory problems, infections, low blood sugar and jaundice."

That's why it's great for both parents and staff to see these kids running around and having fun, just as kids should do.