Forrest General Hospital NICU Family Shows Appreciation by Giving Back
NICU employees, Tamara Brady, RN, Patient Care coordinator, left, and Rashea Roberts, RN, right, are pictured with Paige and Cameron Robertson and their twins, Beckett and Evan. The Robertson family donated a variety of items for the NICU as a “thank you” on the twins’ first birthday.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (June 18, 2021) Beckett and Evan Robertson should be celebrating their first birthday this month. But being the early birds they were, the twins were born a wee bit premature on March 22, 2020, at 29 weeks and 5 days. Beckett weighed 2 pounds, 9 ounces, while his younger brother, by a minute, and the heavy weight, Evan, weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces
Although the boys had to stay in Forrest General's NICU for 52 and 45 days, respectively, these days they are thriving and getting into everything they can. They are walking and talking, and Evan's favorite phrase is, "Uh, NO!"
Because the boys have so many loving people in their lives, they have more than enough toys, food, diapers, and other things required of babies. So, for their first birthday, their parents asked family and friends to provide donations for a large care package to be given to the Forrest General NICU. "We will forever be grateful to the boys' doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and every other person on their care team for making a hard situation easier on us as first-time parents," said Paige Robertson. "These healthcare professionals got our boys healthy and loved on them when we couldn't be there."
The idea for the care package actually came to the new parents when the boys were only about three weeks old and is something very near and dear to the heart of these young parents. "I'm happy to help in any way I can," Robertson said.
Family and friends came through in a big way as they showered the new family with gifts for their extended NICU family. Gifts included socks, journals, snacks, blankets, and preemie and newborn clothes for the little ones. There were also craft supplies and gift cards to Java Moe’s and Subway, both located in the hospital cafeteria.
The parents also donated 20 sets of Milestone Cards from Every Tiny Thing. "We bought a set to leave in every NICU room, so parents can use them from now on," Robertson said. The Milestone Cards, 24 double-sided cards, help parents celebrate all those important moments with their newborn -- Mom's First Time Holding, Age and Weight cards, "I Opened My Eyes Today," to name just a few. "Someone gifted these to us while we were in the NICU,” Robertson said. "We want there to `be one set to leave in every room so that parents can use them from now on."
“We will never forget the many kindnesses we were shown, and we just wanted to show our appreciation in some small way,” said Robertson.