August 14, 2014 10:56 pm

Baby Iver joins the ‘grads’ of the Victoria Hospital neonatal ICU

WATCH ABOVE: Baby Iver and his father are among those celebrating at Victoria General’s 30th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit reunion. Kylie Stanton has more.

VANCOUVER – Iver Benson has been through more than most in his short life. His mother was 22 weeks pregnant when she suffered a brain hemorrhage and was put on life support until doctors could perform a C-section.

He was born premature, but with his mother’s fighting spirit and that’s been with him ever since.

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“He’s great,” said dad Dylan. “He sleeps, obviously a lot, he eats like a champion so he’s growing like he should.”

Now the six-month old has another accomplishment to add to his life as he has become one of the 18,000 graduates of the Victoria General Hospital’s neonatal intensive-care unit.

“It’s really fantastic,” said Azeita Harding, nurse manager. “It’s like a family reunion and the staff really look forward to this every year.”

The unit has been providing highly specialized medical and nursing care to 600 babies a year for the past three decades.

“He wouldn’t be here without them really,” said Dylan. “To see so many babies that they’ve helped out, it’s a great feeling.”

To donate to the hospital, go to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation website.

- With files from Kylie Stanton

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