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Nearly half a million premature babies are born each year. Memorial Medical Center helps around 800 of those in its neonatal intensive care unit.

Local families who have been helped were able to reunite with their nurses and doctors Saturday.

While the children might not remember their NICU nurses and doctors, their parents sure do. The Lorza twins, now three-years-old, were born premature at 26 weeks.

"The NICU is an interesting place, it's a roller coaster. You never really know what it's going to bring. You can have a day that's perfectly fine, the kids are starting to do better, and the next day something big happens and you take three steps back so it's a rough place," said dad Jose Lorza.

Getting the Lorza family through that difficult time was one of their nurses, Leslie Dempsey.

"We get to see all of our hard work after they've gone home and grown up and they are not little babies anymore. It's really exciting to see them and see how they are doing," said Dempsey.

During the reunion families proudly showed off how much their children have changed.

"It makes me thrilled that he's getting heavy, he's gaining weight," said mom Kiersten Baxley.

While medical staff gushed over the children the parents couldn't stop gushing over the help they received.

"They were amazing. Other than my family they were the next biggest support team.  They helped us through everything," said mom Robin Wotring.

Lorza said knowing you aren't alone in your struggles makes a world of difference.

"It's a very scary time so when you have that support it really helps," said Lorza.

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