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Published August 19, 2012, 08:36 PM

Sanford helps families celebrate a NICU baby graduate reunion

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some very special babies got to celebrate a milestone today in Fargo. Sanford held a NICU baby graduate reunion for babies discharged from it's children's unit.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some very special babies got to celebrate a milestone today in Fargo. Sanford held a NICU baby graduate reunion for babies discharged from it's children's unit.

It's a special day for Lynnsey Durr and her husband Dan. Their 8 year old twins Atley and Carson were born 10 weeks early.

Lynnsey: "My daughter was 1 pound 15 and our son was 3 pounds and 14 ounces, so they each spent 6 and 7 weeks respectively in the NICU."

Three years after having the twins, the Durrs decided to have another child. 5 year old Sawyer was full term and the two thought they'd be NICU free.

Lynnsey: "We ended up with a full term baby that had some troubles with birth and ended up in the NICU for 19 days."

Now as Lynnsey and Dan look at their children playing, strong, and full of life...it's days like these that remind them how far they've come.

Lynnsey: "You know it's great seeing the doctors and showing the kids off and we're very proud of them of course, and it's fun to see them get so excited about seeing our kids, you know because they took care of them when they were little and sick, now they're running around and being typical kids."

This is the first graduate reunion that's been held in quite some time, but organizers hope it won't be the last.

Joan Douville/NICU Nurse: "I think the families would like to see it happen annually."

Joan Douville is not only a coordinator for the event, she is also a NICU nurse and holds a special bond with most of the tiny tots here.

Joan: "It's very heart warming and it is so exciting to see how well they're doing and the progress they've made and it's just very exciting."

Most proud moms and dads are using this event to celebrate the lives of their miracle babies with doctors and other staff who made it possible, but Durr hopes to use it as not only a celebration, but a way of support.

Lynnsey: "Visit with some of the families that maybe are still dealing with some of the ramifications of having a premi child and sharing my experience i think is healing for me just as much as you know to maybe help them out to."

Most of the children at the event graduated from Sanford childrens in 2011.

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