St. John's NICU family reunion

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - St. John's Children's Hospital patients got to celebrate the progress they have made in their life.

Any child that was a patient from 2009 to 2014 was invited to Erin's Pavilion Sunday for a celebration.

St. John's cares for nearly 2,000 babies each year, 600 who are premature or seriously ill and spend time in the NICU. The 40-bed, level III NICU serves patients throughout southern and central Illinois.

The hospital expected around 500 people to attend the event, which included activities for all ages, cake, and refreshments. Doctors, nurses, and other NICU staff helped celebrate how far each child has come.

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