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Preemies, their families reunite with Overland Park caregivers

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It was a special celebration Sunday as more than 1,200 neonatal intensive care unit babies, families, nurses and physicians gathered to share stories and joy. It was a special celebration Sunday as more than 1,200 neonatal intensive care unit babies, families, nurses and physicians gathered to share stories and joy.
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It was a special celebration Sunday as more than 1,200 neonatal intensive care unit babies, families, nurses and physicians gathered to share stories and joy.

The group got together at Wonderscope Children's Museum in Shawnee, and there were plenty of smiles and hugs to go around.

"There'll be lot of fun activities. Really just creating new memories for these people who went through a really tragic time in their lives. They survived, and they're here to pay tribute to the doctors and nurses who took care of them," Overland Park Regional Medical Center spokesperson Christine Hamele said.

All of these people, in one shape or form, are connected with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, which cares for more NICU babies in Kansas City than any other hospital.

Organizers called it a "joyous celebration of life," and there was plenty evidence of that to be found, including in the arms of father Scott Mullen who attended with his young son, Jacob.

"He was born about 12 weeks early. He was only one pound, one ounce. He was there about four months, and they worked on him pretty good. He had a lot of issues going on, and you can't hardly even tell these days. He is almost ready to take his first few steps," Scott Mullen said.

The gathering marked the 22nd year of the celebration for Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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