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Families come together at St. Luke's NICU reunion

April and Curtis Nost can't stop smiling since their latest addition.

But for the many months before, smiling didn't seem like an option.

"Doctors didn't think I could have kids because I kept on having miscarriages," April said.

Nine weeks into her first pregnancy, April miscarried.  Her second pregnancy suffered the same fate at eight weeks.

"I've never seen my wife go through so much pain.  I hurt for her," Curtis said.

But her third try appeared to be the charm.  Everything seemed to be progressing normally when 25 weeks in, April began having problematic symptoms and went to the hospital.

They wanted me to be on bed rest for 10 weeks, but she didn't want to wait until 10 weeks," April said.

Baby Trinity came 3 months early, just 14 inches long, and weighing in at just 1 pound 15 ounces.

"I was scared.  I didn't think she was going to make it," Curtis said.

For three months, the young couple didn't leave their daughter's side in the St. Luke's newborn intensive care unit.  It was there they met other couples who had been dealt similar challenges.

"There are families that had premees and told us that it's going to be fine," Curtis said.

At 5 months old, Trinity is now 11 pounds and is amazingly doing just fine.

Now the Nosts and more than 100 families who had spent time in the NICU are back to celebrate their children's health and the relationships they made during a difficult time.

"No one ever plans to be in the NICU and so it's a stressful time and the more support you can have while your there is just going to help the families," said Karla Pisarik, family support liaison at St. Luke's.

After another near-heartbreak for the Nosts, there's plenty of reason to smile.

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