Preemies at California hospital get all dressed up for Halloween
POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 8:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Some new parents are forced to spend their babies' first Halloween in the hospital.
But they're in for a treat tonight thanks to a sweet group of creative volunteers.
Not a Halloween decoration is in sight at this neo-natal intensive care unit until you see the babies.
A truly Minnie Mouse and a tiny pink leopard are current residents at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center in Los Angeles.
A group of 15 volunteers sew the little costumes designing them so they don't disrupt the preemies' tubing and IV's.
"Makes it easier!," said one nurse.
It also makes the holiday a little easier for parents who want so badly to be home with their babies.
"The experience was hard, seeing her being here with all those tubes," said new mom Dalilia Lemus
Now baby Laila is celebrating Halloween in style.
It's even sweeter when you realize some of these costumes were handmade made by a 12-year-old girl.
"I was thinking about the parents' faces when they see these costumes on their babies," said young volunteer Angela Wade.
Wade calls sewing her "happy place."
"I like sewing because I feel free, and I feel like I can do anything," Wade said.
And perhaps, it helps parents feel the same way.
The parents will get to take the little costumes home as keepsakes.