Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Philadelphia region did not dampen the Halloween celebration at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Intensive Care Nursery (ICN)! The Third Annual ICN Halloween Party provided a unique way for parents to celebrate the first Halloween of these tiny babies, many of whom were born weeks and months too soon and are now being cared for by specialized nurses and physicians while they gain weight and learn to breathe, eat and grow well enough to go home with their families.
To mark the special holiday, their parents and ICN staff dressed the babies up and held a party in their honor in the ICN. With no frights -- just plenty of love and care -- each baby celebrated in stylish miniature Halloween costumes, such as caterpillars, Tinker Bell, pumpkin, Captain Hook, and more. Instead of the door-to-door trick-or-treating they’ll do a few years from now, the costumed babies lay sleeping in their temperature-controlled isolettes, or, in some cases, were held by their parents and caregivers for special photos to be taken.
“To be able to celebrate like this is very meaningful for families,” said Michelle Bradsher, the mother of an adorable pumpkin in the ICN. “It’s a very dedicated staff. The personal care that they give each baby is remarkable.”
Those in attendance received a “Healthy Halloween” themed gift bag with a water bottle, sanitizer, crayons, book, safe trick-or-treating information, daily pill reminder box, and more.
The party is made possible through donated funds set aside for families to celebrate holidays while their children are in the ICN.