Thanks to a partnership between WellStar Kennestone Hospital and Kleenex, the tissue company, NICU nurse Renee Hendrix was suprised by the countless precious patients she saved throughout her career. The video has gone viral with millions watching the moving footage.
In a short clip dubbed, “Tiny Miracles” Renee Hendrix is seen wiping tears during the reunion with some of the little patients she helped save during her 30-year career. It is clear that the Kennestone Hospital NICU nurse — who is a mother and grandmother — has had a major impact in the lives of multiple local families.
“I treat the babies like I would want someone to treat my babies, that’s the most important thing. I do keep in touch with families once they’ve gone home. It’s so rewarding to see how they’re progressing…and just knowing you had a part of that is just a wonderful feeling.”
Renee Hendrix knows what’s at stake as a NICU nurse and she dives right in to do her job and take care of the tiny patients that require all her attention. In a surprise video montage, 17 families of patients Renee Hendrix has cared for came together to express their thanks to the NICU nurse.
“She loved my child as her own child,” one mom remembered, according to Kennesaw Patch, while a dad said, “Renee saved my son’s life multiple times.” Yet another person added, “You are our hero!”
In the video, a door opens to reveal all those families NICU nurse Renee Hendrix worked with, who are there to express their thanks in person. Many of the tiny babies she cared for have grown into healthy kids. Hendrix was speechless and rushed to hug her former patients.
“Are you kidding me?! All my favorite people in one room!”
“I loved taking care of these babies. I don’t do what I do for any kind of thank you but it’s a wonderful feeling to be appreciated.”
Renee Hendrix says in the video the NICU is where the most critically ill babies come and many times it’s impossible to know whether a patient will even survive a shift. For the veteran caregiver, it’s all about saving lives.
“To work with babies that you thought would never even make it out of here and just knowing that you had a part of (helping them survive)?. It is just a wonderful feeling.”
According to Yahoo Parenting, every year 10 to 15 percent of babies born in the U.S. end up in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and for these families, nurses such as Renee Hendrix are real life heroes.
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