At Lourdes Hospital in Camden, Holiday Joy Arrives Even For The Preemies

By Michelle Durham

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — For the families of premature infants, the holidays can be a time of mixed emotions.  But today, officials at a Camden  hospital were trying to make the season a little brighter for those whose babies must stay in the hospital over the holidays, and perhaps longer.

At the neonatal intensive care unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, newborn girl Quinn was getting her first photo taken with Santa.  Proud parents Justin and Sarah (below) say the week-old infant now weighs 4 pound, 8 ounces, and they are optimistic about her future.

“Everybody here has been excellent,” Sarah tells KYW Newsradio.

(Sarah, Justin, and Quinn at the neonatal ICU of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

(Sarah, Justin, and Quinn at the neonatal ICU of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ. Credit: Michelle Durham)

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“It’s a little frustrating, sad to see your child where she is now,” adds Justin, “but you know she is in good hands and she’ll be home soon.”

Santa says newborns like Quinn remind him what Christmas is all about:

“The beauty of the season, the children.  What an enjoyable day for the parents and all the babies — their first Christmas.”

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