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Celebrating saving very premature babies

Her son only weighed 1.4 pounds at birth and spent 23 weeks in the hospital. Now 3 years old, Rudra not only survived but thrived.

He was on the move at 11 months and just has a slight speech delay, his mom said.

So Shruti and Sandesh Deshmukh were among 180 families celebrating tiny newborns who lived. Shruti calls them “micro preemies.”

As a lifelong neonatal nurse, Meredith Haney finds the medical progress in this field remarkable.

“We’re growing with the babies,” the clinical nurse manager said between hugs at the reunion for West Boca Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

It’s the only Level III unit in Palm Beach County, the hospital spokesman said.

Parents and grandparents took over the food court early Sunday before Town Center at Boca Raton opened for the day.

There was food, games, crafts and Hula Hoops to keep the kids busy. A photographer took family pictures and music played in the background.

The reunion used to take place in the medical center. But there were so many saves, the event outgrew the space and moved to a bigger venue at the mall in 2017.

“This is one of my best days of the year,” Haney said.

By Marci Shatzman

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