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Parents of babies in hospital have plenty to be thankful for

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Sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table with your families, you may have shared all the things your thankful for: family, friends, good health. Some families weren't at home this holiday. Parents of babies in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital say that even though their babies have spent almost their entire lives inside a hospital,  their families have plenty to be thankful for.

Tricia and Jon Jacobson are from Clive. Their young son has heart problems.

"We're thankful for all the blessings that we're seen, so many with support," said Jon. "The exceptional care that we've received here at the hospital, all our nurses and doctors and surgeons."

"The holidays take on a whole new meaning," said Tricia.

Matt Lucas and Cortne Olson's daughter daughter is just a few months old. She had heart surgery shortly after she was born and has been in the hospital ever since.

"I'm thankful that we're at the University of Iowa hospital and that they have the technology today to be able to perform all the operations and procedures she's been through to help her get better," said Olson.

"I'm thankful she's doing better," said Lucas.

Kim Van De Kieft's youngest daughter also has heart problems. She's only been alive for a few months and has already had heart surgery, a heart attack, and a heart transplant.

I'm thankful for the doctors, the nurses, the surgeons," said Kim.

"I'm thankful for her new heart," said Isabella, Kim's four-year-old daughter.

The PICU parents told us their relatives would be traveling to Iowa City to spend the holiday with them and their babies. Some even planned to have a turkey dinner at the hospital.

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