AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – There are some incredible people giving the gift of life in Colorado. They really are unsung heroes in the community — they work 24/7, 365 days a year, each day showing their care, commitment and devotion to little bundles of joy who are fighting for their lives.

Tubes in their noses, wires taped to their chests and surrounded by machines. It’s hardly how the little ones and their parents planned on spending the holidays. But the babies all have a fighting chance thanks to the amazing care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Children’s Hospital.

“We have everything from patients who are very critically ill and we have to do everything for them and for patients who aren’t as sick we’re supporting their families to help teach them how to care for their child; teaching them how to feed them, teaching them how to give any complex care that they may need,” NICU nurse Katie Hamilton said.

Without the nurses the families may lose what’s most precious to them.

“I think it’s just one of those things you just do when you take the time at the end of the day or periodically time to reflect on that, but it can be kind of overwhelming to think about what we actually do and how much responsibility we have for tiny little lives,” Hamilton said.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s — morning, noon, or night — the devoted team is there to help.

Gloria Bencze has been at Children’s for 35 years.

“The babies are what I’ve always wanted to do. I can’t imagine any other area of nursing that I’d want to work in,” Bencze said.

For parents, the trying times are made much easier thanks to the loving hands of the NICU team.

“The care team is wonderful; the doctors, the nurses, the therapists take wonderful care of our son,” a mother told CBS4.

“They are so supportive and always have a smile on their face sometimes when I need one, I love them,” another mother said.

CBS4’s Ed Greene knows first-hand just how truly wonderful the NICU people are. Over 30 years ago he did a story on a little girl named Allison — -Greene’s daughter.

“That’s right. Over 30 years ago they helped out my little girl.. If you have a little something extra, you may want to think about helping out Children’s Hospital,” Greene said.

Those who would like to make a donation should visit The Children’s Hospital website.

Comments (3)
  1. Charles Henderson says:

    10 years ago my granddaughter (Katherine) was born three months premature. She was 1 pound 11 oz. birth weight. The NICU at Ross Med Center was wonderful She was sent to Children’s Hospital for heart surgery and then back over to Ross. Today she is a normal 10 year old girl, with no lasting effects at all. Thank you for the story.

  2. Stacy Grogg says:

    This same Katie was a lead nurse on our little girl 8 years ago. Today my daughter is an amazing, healthy little girl. Wish you would post the video that was shown on the news. This short story doesn’t do justice in honoring them.

  3. Kara Chitwood says:

    I agree with Stacy; would love to see the video clip! Katie was also a lead nurse on my daughter’s team for the better of 2009; we are grateful for her and the whole team’s loving and expert care they provided for Emerson. She is thriving now, but the NICU nurses helped us through a very challenging time; they are an amazing and hard-working staff, and deserve every accolade they receive!

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