|Published:||Nov 27, 2013 10:53 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 27, 2013 10:53 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, FL.--This year some families in southwest Florida will spend Thanksgiving at the hospital.
It's a very tough reality, but now, for the first time one hospital is trying to make the holiday at little more convenient.
"You can live minute by minute or hour by hour," said Bobi Demaline.
Joe and Bobi Demaline will spend this Thanksgiving with their baby girl, Rylee.
But instead of lounging around at home, they're in a small, quiet room inside the Galisano Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.
Rylee was born 16 weeks early and weighed a little more than a pound.
"Really scary, because I was pregnant with twins. We lost one," said Demaline.
Demaline was supposed to still be pregnant right now and enjoying the holidays with no worries.
"It's just hard especially since you were supposed to be pregnant and you are not," she said.
So, for the first time, the newly formed parent support group at the hospital brought Thanksgiving dinner to the Demalines and all the other families whose babies are being treated here.
Wednesday night employees cooked a homemade meal, feeding the people who they say have become a part of their family.
"We have turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and cranberry and tons of desserts," said Cindy Mytnik.
"We are trying to do something for them, we are extremely thankful for them and that is what it is all about," said Mytnik.
Elizabeth Perkins and Thomas keener also have a baby girl here.
"I'm here 3 times a day, all week long," said Perkins.
To them, this is much more than a hot meal, but the ability to truly feel like a family for the first time.
"To me it kind of feels like we are having thanksgiving with her," said Keener.
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