Santa visits El Paso children at Las Palmas NICU

El Paso News

A first Christmas for the new born’s in the Las Palmas Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was made extra special, and it’s all thanks to a visit from Ole Saint Nick. 

The babies were dressed to the season from head to toe preparing for their visit from Santa. 

The idea was to help bring the holiday spirit to the babies and their families despite having to spend it in the hospital. 

NICU babies are more prone to infections than the average new born, which makes it even more dangerous and life-threatening for them to be at home with their families.

Medical Director of the NICU at Las Palmas, Marcella Denen says it’s a way to relieve families of the stress of not having their babies at home. 

“Having babies and families here in the NICU means separating them from real life, they’re away from their families, they cannot be part of normal activities and it’s very stressful for them,” said Denen.

As of now there are 12 babies in their care, but they are expecting the number to rise as Christmas draws in closer. 

On average, the hospital’s NICU will have close to 20 babies in their care over the days of Christmas and Christmas Eve. 

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