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Illinois Hospital Celebrates Fourth of July with Its Tiniest Patients in NICU

Illinois Hospital Celebrates Fourth of July with Its Tiniest Patients in NICU” originally appeared on ABC News, and was reprinted with permission.

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Image source: Advocate Children’s Hospital

A hospital in Illinois made sure that its tiniest patients were able to celebrate this Fourth of July this year.

Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois hosted a party earlier this week to celebrate America’s Independence Day, dressing up babies in their neonatal intensive care units in red, white and blue outfits.

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Image source: Advocate Childrens Hospital

Not only did the babies get festive, but their parents, nurses and doctors got in on the all-American fun.

“Our tiniest patients were all dressed up in red, white, and blue to celebrate these families who have spent countless hours at their newborn’s bedside,” Lisa Parro, the hospital’s public affairs manager, told ABC News.

NICU fourth of july
Image source: Advocate Childrens Hospital

“And [we] provided them with the opportunity to have happy memories of their little one’s first Fourth of July,” the statement continued.

The party not only included a photo shoot for the families to remember the holiday for a lifetime, but also included signs that read, “Baby, you’re a firework” and “My first Fourth of July.”

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