Cincinnati Zoo gifts #TeamFiona onesies to preemies

Cincinnati Zoo gifts #TeamFiona onesies to preemies

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The littlest patients at Cincinnati Children's received a special gift from the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday.

Babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) received onesies featuring a picture of baby hippo Fiona, who was born premature at the Zoo on Jan. 24.

"We have a unique connection with our neighbors at the Zoo because we both are caring around the clock for critically ill newborns and we share a passion for making our little ones better," Rachel Wilson, NICU clinical director at Cincinnati Children's said in a news release.

In February, the NICU staff delivered a care package to Fiona's care team with some encouraging words, superhero capes, a special book and a stuffed hippo for Fiona herself.

Later that month, members of the Vascular Access Team (VAT) helped baby Fiona when she became dehydrated and in need of IV fluids.

The life-saving IV allowed her to recover, gain weight and strength.

Fiona is now a healthy weight of close to 195 pounds. She weighed only 29 pounds at birth.

"Fiona's premature birth made her story all too relatable for many families. She had serious health struggles, but today she is a healthy little hippo. Our great neighbor Cincinnati Children's rushed over to help when Fiona was in critical condition," Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo Director said in the news release. "Donating #TeamFiona onesies to preemies in the NICU is a way to not only thank Cincinnati Children's for their amazing support, but also to provide a message of hope for families with little ones in their care. They are in good hands."

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