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NICU Dragons keep up annual tradition

A few years ago, Vikki Lalari started a tradition with a group of moms whom she met in 2012 at BC Women’s NICU where their babies were treated.
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The ladies first met each other in the pump room and became fast friends. The moms bonded over their shared experience and dubbed themselves the NICU Dragons in honour of the Year of the Dragon when their babies were born.

Vikki not only was a patient at BC Women’s but she is also a BC Women’s NICU dietician. When Vikki returned to work, she was looking for a way to give back, and noticed that the Christmas tree in the NICU could use a makeover. Having stayed in the NICU during the holiday season where little Amira, Vikki’s daughter, celebrated her first Christmas, Vikki thought it would be fitting to do something Christmas related. So the tradition began with decorating the tree and a tree trimming event for the NICU Dragons and Dragon babies to spread holiday cheer to current families who are spending their winter holiday in the NICU. 

“Many of us parents want to give back to the NICU and support other parents, and we find different ways to do that. This is our little story,” says Vikki.

This year, Vikki was joined by her friend Sandy and little dragons Jaydon and Amira. Sandy will also work with BC Women’s NICU parent advisors to collaborate on a special parent Christmas luncheon event on December 23. 

BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre; Patient story; NICU
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