I am from Southeast Alabama, and was sent to UAB to deliver my baby that was coming two months early. I had her at UAB, and she was taken over to Children's Hospital soon after. My daughter was born the day I turned 7 months. She weighed 3 lbs. 1 oz. She actually dropped down to 2 lbs. 14 oz. I had to leave her at Children's Hospital and go home to Dothan, which is where I was living at the time. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. When I was able to come back to visit her, I learned that she was cared for just as if the staff were her parents. I'll never forget seeing her in a beautiful, new outfit that one of the nurses bought her, and even combed her hair. She bought a stuffed bear for her that was bigger than she was. It made me think that the people who work at Children's are doing more than just their job. We took her back to the hospital for a visit for the first time last year at age 12. She is now 13 on September 20th, and I never got the chance to thank the staff at the NICU at Children's for taking such good care of my baby. You all deserve a pat on the back and then some. She is a wonderfully, active, sport oriented, straight A student who just loves life. Thanks again, for all you do!!!!!!!!!!