MAYWOOD, IL – Instead of frights there were only adorable sights on Halloween at Loyola University Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as babies donned homemade costumes to recognize the occasion.
Continuing a tradition that started more than 30 years ago, nurses in Loyola's NICU designed costumes to outfit more than 20 tiny patients. A team of 10 colleagues worked on the costumes during their free time as a way to provide some fun for the families during their hospital stay.
"It's about the parents," said Abigail Lonergan, RN, one of the organizers of the event. "If we can give them some normalcy during a stressful time like this, that's a great thing."
The annual costume-making event has become a competition for the staff to see who can come up with most creative ideas. This year's costumes included Wonder Woman, an aerobics instructor, Alice in Wonderland, Thing 1 & Thing 2 and in honor of the Chicago Cubs' historic run, a Cubs fan and a miniature version of shortstop Javier Báez.