Families reunited with caregivers of the Dominican Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


NURSES AND STAFF AT
THE HOSPITAL. ONE MOM TELLING US
THAT HER EXPERIENCE
WITH HER BABIES IN THE
NICU WAS BOTH SCARY
AND INCREDIBLE. MARIA SOTO, TWINS MOM
0:05:02 “I DO REMEMBER
THE ULTRASOUND TEC
SAYING, ‘OH THERE’S 2.’ AND
I REMEMBER THINKING ‘OH
TWO EYES, TWO LEGS, THIS IS PERFECT.’ SHE’S LIKE ‘NO
2 BABIES’. AND I WAS LIKE
OH MY GOSH, I WAS VERY
SHOCKED. IT WAS SCARY.”
0:05:15 MARIA SOTO IS
THE MOM OF TWINS JOSIE AND ISABELLA,
WHO WERE ADMITTED
INTO DOMINICAN
HOSPITAL’S NEONATAL
INTENSIVE CARE UNI
SHOWING UP A MONTH EARLY, THE TWINS
NEEDED HELP BREATHING
AND EATING
RIGO RODRIGUEZ, TWINS
DAD 0:09:55 “IT’S A LITTLE
HARD TO SEE IN THE BEGINNING, SEEING YOUR
KIDS EATING, BREATHING,
EVERYTHING THROUGH A
TUBE, BUT AFTER THE FIRS
WEEK YOU KIND OF GET AN
UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THEY’RE THERE FOR AND HOW
IMPORTANT IT IS.” 0:10:09
BUT WITH THE HELP OF
THE NICU NURSES AN
STAFF THESE BABIES ARE
GETTING THE TREATMENT THEY NEED. DR. MAGDY ISMAIL, MEDICAL
DIRECTOR OF NICU
DOMINICAN HOSPITAL
0:23:02 “AFTER WE OPENED
THIS SERVICE IN 2002, NOW
WE CAN KEEP ABOUT 85% OF THOSE INFANTS HERE IN
TOWN, WITH THEIR FAMILIES,
AND CLOSER TO HOME.”
0:23:12 AND THESE
FAMILIES CAN GATHER
WITH THOSE WHO SHARE SOMETHING IN COMMON. NIKIE FIALDINI, LUCA’S MOM
0:36:30 “WE WERE TALKING
WITH ANOTHER LADY IN LINE
AND SHE WAS TELLING US
ABOUT HER STORY TOO AND
IT’S CRAZY JUST TO LOOK BACK ON HOW FAR WE’VE
COME SINCE OUR NICU
EXPERIENCE.” 0:36:40
LUCA WAS IN THE NICU
FOR OVER A MONTH. NIKIE FIALDINI, LUCA’S MOM
0:35:08 “HE HAD A TONGUE
TIE THEY HAD TO CLIP, HE
HAD A TUBE IN HIS NOSE FOR
37 OF THE 39 DAYS HE WAS
THERE BECAUSE HE WASN’T TAKING ANYTHING BY
MOUTH.” 0:35:18 BUTT TO
NESHA ROZEBOOM,
REGISTERED NURSE
DOMINICAN HOSPITAL
0:40:32 “A LOT OF THESE FAMILIES DIDN’T PLAN ON
BEING PATIENTS OF THE
NICU, IT’S NOT SOMETHING
THAT YOU THINK ABOUT
WHEN YOU’RE HAVING A
BABY, SO YOU ACTUALLY FEEL REALLY FORTUNATE THAT
YOU BECOME FAMILY.”
0:40:43 CREATING A
BOND THESE FAMILIES
WON’T FORGET. MARIA SOTO, TWINS MOM
0:11:23 “I HONESTLY HAVE
SAID THIS A COUPLE TIMES. I
WOULD GO THROUGH
EVERYTHING ALL OVER AGAIN,
TRUTHFULLY, AND IT WAS NOT EASY. JUST SO I COULD HAVE
THESE GIRLS. AND THEY’RE
ALIVE TODAY BECAUSE OF
THE NICU. IT’S AWESOME,
IT’S GREAT.” 0:11:35
TODAY WAS A CHANCE FOR THESE FAMILIES T REUNITE WITH NURSES
AND STAFF. TO THANK THEM FOR
ALL THEY’VE DONE. TO WASHINGTON NOW.. A SECOND
WHISTLEBLOWER HA

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