Baby Born 2 Months Premature Celebrates First Birthday With Hospital Staff Who Cared For Her

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If you take a look at one-year-old Evie Louka, you’ll notice that she looks just like any other happy, healthy toddler. Her first year was much more eventful than most kids, though.

Stephanie and Amir Louka were thrilled when they found out they were expecting a baby — they’d been struggling with infertility up until then.

When Stephanie started suffering from severe preeclampsia, she had to be induced. Evie was born on February 17, 2017, two months premature.

For 34 days, Evie stayed in the NICU, being cared for by attentive nurses and doctors. Finally, they were allowed to go home.

But a few months later, Evie was at a routine doctor’s appointment when doctors found fluid in her brain. That week, Evie underwent surgery, explains WTVR Richmond.

Luckily, Evie recovered quickly, and her parents were able to take her home.

As Evie’s first birthday approached, Stephanie and Amir knew exactly how they wanted to celebrate. Instead of just giving little Evie a normal party, they arranged a celebration at the hospital to honor the nurses and doctors who helped their baby girl survive.

The hospital staff, who saw Evie at her weakest, were proud to see how big she had gotten. Evie didn’t seem to care that much about who was there — she was much more focused on eating her cake.

Watch the video below to see the adorable one-year-old! If you think all children’s nurses and doctors are heroes, please SHARE this article with your friends!

Footage and photos provided by WTVR Richmond

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