More than 450 people celebrated at the Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion on Sunday. Families, friends and hospital staff gathered at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for the 13th annual event.
Among those in attendance was Susan Fancsali, who is Miss Allegheny County Collegiate and a NICU “graduate.” When she was born, her parents were told to start planning her funeral. Fast forward 24 years, and she is now a graduate student at California University of Pennsylvania.
The joy of life could be seen on the many faces as they gathered and reconnected, dancing to lively music, enjoying animal-themed face paintings and munching on picnic fare, all before heading off to enjoy their zoo adventures.
Funds raised from the event support activities of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to the Magee NICU.
“The parent group, composed largely of parents whose children were once NICU babies, focuses on education and comfort for current parents of NICU babies,” said Laura Witt, president, PAC, and the mother of NICU triplets — graduates all born at 1.5 pounds who are now 16 years old.
The event was presented by Giant Eagle.