In the neonatal intensive care unit at St. David’s Medical Center, Emmanuel Reyes Garcia is holding his baby brother Joel for the first time. The 8-year-old has never seen 7-week-old Joel, who was born at 32 weeks gestation, except in pictures his mom, Gardenia Garcia Reyes, and his dad, Vianey Reyes Ramirez, brought home with them.
Joel already loves being nestled in his big brother’s arms and begins to cry when time with Emmanuel is quickly up and he needs to be returned to the isolette.
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