IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) – Liz Adrian, a nurse at the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital, has started a GoFundMe to buy vacation outfits for ICU patients this holiday season.
“I started thinking about what we could do to make a difference so we could have some fun things for the babies and the families,” said Adrian.
Adrian had twins when he was 32 weeks old and says she understands that having a child in neonatal intensive care can be very emotional. She hopes she can bring joy to parents during their stressful times by dressing up the babies for Hawkeye game days or the holidays.
“Being in the hospital is never fun. They didn’t plan that, there are so many losses because this is not a normal newborn situation, ”said Adrian.
Babies can start wearing clothes when they weigh 1,500 grams or 3 pounds. The smaller premature baby outfits usually come at a higher price. Liz Adrian wants to remove this cost barrier for families and allow them to focus on the health of their child.
“When you have a family that comes in on the first day and sees their baby in clothes where it wasn’t possible before, it’s so emotional for them because this is the milestone,” said Adrian.
Liz Adrian says she is overwhelmed by the support GoFundMe has received and looks forward to stocking up on outfits babies can wear in intensive care.
The fundraiser raised over $ 6,000, Adrian has set a goal of $ 10,000. She says that with that amount of money she will be able to reach out to the manufacturers directly and make a difference.
“Everyone at work keeps saying oh my god because we’re so excited that some of the new sleepers are coming and we can dress them up for the babies,” Adrian said.
Adrian says her job is incredibly satisfying and she looks forward to making families’ lives better this Christmas season.
To donate to the fundraiser, click here.
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