A Canadian nurse is bringing smiles to the faces of worried parents who have premature babies in neo-natal intensive care.
The Metro reports Stephanie Treherne cares for premature babies in the NICU at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada, but she also goes above and beyond her job by making superhero capes for her tiny patients in her spare time.
Treherne said she makes the superhero capes from felt and then hangs them next to the babies’ incubators. She individualizes each cape by sewing on the babies’ initials, according to the report.
“These babies are super strong,” Treherne said. “They fight through so much. They’re just little superheroes.”
The young nurse said she has made about 100 capes so far.
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Here’s more from the report:
Parents, Michelle Campbell and her husband, Chris Korres, spotted one of the capes when they visited their newborn son Benjamin, who was born two months early and required supervised medical attention until he had grown stronger.
The cape came with a message which read: ‘To our little Superhero, love Stephanie T’.
‘We were very surprised that one of the nurses that we haven’t even worked with or seen or anything yet had left that,’ they told CTV News.
‘Given the hormones and everything, I was very emotional and I just started bawling my eyes out when I saw that cape,’ she said.
Premature babies have a better chance of surviving now than they ever did before, thanks to modern medical technology. Though 24 weeks is considered the standard point of viability, new studies indicate babies born before 24 weeks are surviving at higher rates than ever before. Many argue that the point of viability should now be about 22-23 weeks.