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Teen Makes Blankets for Sick Babies in the GAMC NICU

Human Interest

Jonah Retin was a premature infant who weighed 555 grams at birth. He is now 13 years-old and as part of his charity project for his Bar Mitzvah (Jewish ceremony) scheduled in March, he decided to make blankets and give them away to premature infants at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. His great-aunt is the nurse manager at Glendale Adventist Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and has been a big part of his life. 

Each of the blankets was given with a special note:

Please accept this hand-crafted baby blanket as my gift to you as a former NICU graduate.

My name is Jonah, and I was born at 25 weeks. I weighed in at 1 pound, 3 ounces and stayed in the NICU for 105 days. I am now a healthy and active 13 year-old boy, standing at 5'1" and overcame some medical challenges. My parents have supported me the whole way and we never gave up. May this blanket bring you and your baby comfort and warmth in the days ahead.

Stay strong and always believe in miracles!

Thank you to Jonah for his very special gift and thoughtfulness for our tiniest GAMC patients!