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Santa spreads holiday cheer at Bryan Health’s NICU

Santa spreads holiday cheer at Bryan Health’s NICU

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Santa’s sleigh landed at Bryan Health to stop by for a visit to their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Babies and families got a chance to meet Santa and his elves as he ushered in the Christmas spirit.

Going door to door, Santa and his elves tip-toed to see the babies. Nurses said it helped bring smiles to expanding families for the holidays.

“When people are having babies, they never expect or plan to be in the NICU,” said Ashlee Peterson, NICU nurse. “Having Santa come and bring Christmas spirit during this time is really fun, and we get to see that Christmas magic inside these hospital rooms as well.”

Families like the Torres. Latasha Torres gave birth to Zeferino and Daisha. They’re Latasha’s second pair of twins. She said she was surprised when she learned she was pregnant with twins, but she said she’s up for the challenge of raising four kids under four.

“My three-year-old daughter has been excited about her new baby sister, but my son said no babies.. sorry son.. too late,” Latasha said.

Torres said since being admitted to the NICU, the nurses have played a major role in balancing her life.

“There’s a few of them that we’ve gotten really close with and I feel the love from them that they love my babies as much as I do and that’s amazing,” Latasha said.

Nurses came together to create goody bags as well as personalized ornaments for the families. They said it was important to make the holidays special for families who are focusing on the health of their new babies.

“Not a lot of people can have family members up here so we try and really use the time with the families that can be here really special for them,” Peterson said.

Santa and his elves took pictures with the babies and the nurses while handing out treats. Torres said the twins are showing great progress and hopes to bring them home Christmas Day.

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