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Doing Good: Covenant NICU nurses bring Halloween to parents, preemies

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Parents of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit babies at Covenant Health got a special treat this Halloween. 

It's a holiday that kids and parents all over the world look forward to dressing up for, but for our smallest community members findings costumes that work can be a challenge. 

At Covenant Children's on Halloween patients dressed up and enjoyed a carnival, but in the NICU premature and micro-premature babies are not quite ready for the outside world. 

So NICU nurses joined together to bring Halloween, and some fun, to what can be a very stressful time for parents. 

"Being able to post something and be proud of something and not always something that's happened in the NICU that's unfortunate or something that kind of is a setback. This is always a fun day. It's always something that they can show off their cute little baby," Jennifer Ware, Charge Nurse with Covenant Children's, said. 

Proud dad of twins Andy Trull said making Halloween costumes is just one example of the support the nurses have shown his family. 

"The nurses, you know, they try to make it more relaxed and become a friend more than a nurse. It helps you when you know that the people that are here really care about what they're doing," Trull said. 

The nurses teamed up to get supplies with their own money, then hand-made the mini costumes during their time off. 

"We just all got together for a good time. We had all of our crafts out, we had our glue guns out and we made, I think, about 40 costumes," Ware said. 

The costumes are all adapted to unique preemie needs, like size and medical equipment. 

"We have a lot of babies that require a central line or they're needing a tube to help them breathe and they can't just wear a traditional costume," Ware said. "You can't really put clothes on them so a lot of our babies this year have hats and little tutus just to accommodate those medical needs that they have."

Ware said they started making the costumes in early Sept. and plan to do it every year. They'll always have a them with this year's being fruit. Trull said it doesn't stop with Halloween costumes. He said the nurses have made his babies multiple hats and blankets as they continue to go above and beyond. 

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