Santa visits babies at NICU

Posted by Christi Reynard email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Babies too small to go to the mall for their first picture with Santa, got a special visit from the jolly old elf himself.

Santa stopped by the Good Samaritan Hospital neonatal Intensive Care Unit to hold the newborns and let parents take the traditional holiday pictures.

Santa was a pro at holding the preemies that were surrounded by feeding tubes and wires.

Tania Latimer was herself a patient at the Good Sam NICU back in 1974.  Now her daughter, who was born premature and weighs barely two pounds is receiving treatment there.

"We brought in a special outfit just for this," says Latimer.  "She's really looking forward to it."

The hospital hosts an event like this every year.  The only difference this year: siblings are not allowed.

"Usually siblings are allowed to come and take pictures with their new baby brother or sister and Santa," says Jennifer Powell, parent coordinator for the NICU.  "This year, due to concerns about H1N1, visits are restricted."

But the flu didn't hold back NICU patients and their parents from experiencing in part what is often an annual holiday ritual.  Even the babies that couldn't leave their incubators long enough for a shot, still received a visit and love from Old St. Nick.

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