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Baby brings nurse, patient together after one year in emotional reunion

Posted at 6:14 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 18:28:15-05

Meet one-year-old Hadley Nicole, who celebrated her first year of life Monday morning.

"She's a spitfire," said Sara Dworak, Hadley's mother. "She's a sixteen-year-old in a one-year-old body."

November 6th, 2015 is a day her mother will never forget.

"I was completely freaking out and scared, and my husband was in Tennessee on a business trip," Dworak recalled.

Alone, and just 27 weeks pregnant, Dworak was admitted to Women and Children's Hospital with heavy bleeding and abdominal pain. She underwent an emergency c-section, followed by 73 days of Hadley in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"I credit the staff here for her being alive," Dworak said. "If it weren't for them, I don't know where we'd be."

Staff, such as obstetrics nurse, Nicole Kenney, who helped Dworak through that difficult time.

"She stayed on overtime to be there for the c-section," said Dworak. "She basically replaced my husband when he couldn't be there."

Nicole Kenney is the reason Hadley Nicole has the name she does.

"It's just emotional because I don't do what I do to get recognition," said Kenney, in tears. "As nurses, that's just what we do, so when something like this happens, it's huge. It solidifies that I'm doing what I should be doing."

Hadley's big birthday present? Reuniting with Kenney for the first time since that day, and having a unique bond for the rest of her life.

"I just... I get to watch her grow up now," said Kenney. "It's just really special."