By Meredith Ganzman
As “Pomp and Circumstance” played, baby Bodie graduated from the NICU in style.
The baby boy was in the hospital for the first two months of his life. When it was finally time to go home, he wore a cap and gown to parade through the halls of UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh one last time.
“We in the NICU are very proud of our NICU graduates. They’re immense little fighters, and we form an incredible relationship, not only with the baby but with their families too,” says Dr. Melissa Riley.
Custodians, therapists and secretaries also came to say their goodbyes to Bodie and his family.
“I literally feel like I’m leaving here, and he has infinite mothers. Even from the receptionist that checks you in at the front desk to the janitors, I couldn’t have done it without them,” says Nicole Blodgett, Bodie’s mother.
Bodie was not able to breath on his own when he was born. But since then he’s gained so much strength, and we can’t wait to keep watching him grow.