Hundreds of families gather for Centerpoint Medical Center’s annual NICU Reunion

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- It was all smiles Saturday morning as nurses and the babies they cared for were reunited. Hundreds of families took part in the reunion, including Joaquin Ramirez who just left the neo-natal intensive care unit at Centerpoint Medical Center two months ago.

"We became a bit like family. They started figuring out our schedule and they would call us and say when he was awake," said Brandy Ramirez.

Joaquin Ramirez was born a month early at five pounds and nine ounces. He spent three weeks in Centerpoint Medical Center's NICU. For weeks, the hospital became his family's home.

"It is really hard when you're sitting and watching other people go to the rooms after deliveries with her babies and going home with their babies and it was a struggle," said Ramirez.

In total, nearly 500 families gathered at Paradise Park on Saturday.