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NICU babies dressed for Halloween give parents lasting memories

AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
AWW: Hospital dressed NICU babies for Halloween
Posted at 10:11 AM, Oct 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-28 13:11:55-04

(KGTV) - Parents spending the Halloween season in a Kansas City Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were able to make Halloween memories with their babies thanks to some help hospital staff and March of Dimes.

Infants staying in the NICU at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., dressed up for Halloween as butterflies, pumpkins, and superheroes with the help of hospital staff, giving parents Halloween memories they may not have thought they'd have otherwise.

Photographers volunteered their services to capture the precious trick-or-treaters dressed for the holiday and parents were given keepsakes of the memories thanks to March of Dimes, a nonprofit supporting pregnancy and infants health programs and research.

"Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home.” Rebecca Keunen, March of Dimes-NICU Family Support Coordinator, said.

Babies in the NICU may have been born too small, too soon, or with a medical condition that requires intensive care. Babies born even a few weeks too soon can face health challenges and are at risk.

"Baby’s first Halloween is a day they’ll want to remember and celebrate and March of Dimes is here with them at Saint Luke’s to help," Keunen said.