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SLIDESHOW: NICU babies get adorable homemade Halloween costumes from Mercyhealth nurse

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WMTV) - Babies born prematurely at Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside are getting dolled up in the cutest Halloween costumes this month, thanks to one nurse.

Mercyhealth noted Tuesday that JoAnn Gorsline, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, has made more than 52 costumes by hand for babies who stay at the hospital’s NICU in October. She says when babies are born prematurely, they may not be able to wear a traditional costume as they recover in the hospital.

She’s making sure parents don’t miss out on a moment as special as a baby’s first Halloween.

“Parents always comment about how they love having the costumes,” Gorsline said. “It makes the stay easier, it makes having a baby in the NICU seem more normal, not so (much like being in a) hospital and out of the ordinary … just some normalcy in the middle of a very trying time in their lives.”

Gorsline’s costumes this year feature Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, a Babybel cheese and the Cookie Monster and Elmo. Each costume is unique.

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