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Several infants and toddlers put smiles on the faces of some people who once cared for them, at a "Preemie Babies Party".

The reunion celebrates the healthy lives that these kids have now. They were born premature, and spent many weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital in Macon.

The Medical Center of Central Georgia throws the party every year to reunite parents and children with their former nurses.

The parents and nurses say they're happy to see how much the babies have grown.

"It's amazing what these little babies right here can go through and endure. It makes us parents stronger. It's just an awesome feeling being back with them," said Jerry Bennett, while holding his son Brentlee.

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Jennifer Kerhin, a registered nurse for the NNICU, said, "We do form relationships with the parents and the grandparents of the babies, and with the babies. It's always nice not only to see the babies, but the families."

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital takes care of nearly 600 babies every year.


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