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Former NICU Patients Donate Blankets to Hospital Where They Were Born

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Nearly 10 years ago, Robert and Katie Moore of Hazleton were preparing for the birth of their triplets at Geisinger Medical Cente...

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Nearly 10 years ago, Robert and Katie Moore of Hazleton were preparing for the birth of their triplets at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.

The children were born weighing just over three pounds each and had to spend five weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.

Ten years later, Jackson, Olivia, and Patrick are healthy fourth graders. As they approach their 10th birthdays this weekend, the three decided they wanted to do something special to celebrate.

"We asked our friends and family from school to donate blankets, and we ended up with 150," Patrick Moore said.

The triplets held a blanket drive at their school, Holy Family Academy in Hazleton. When they came to Janet Weis Children's Hospital to present their donation, they were joined by some of the doctors who treated them ten years ago.

"Is that not full circle? Triplets who their parents are teaching them in such a beautiful way as far as giving back," said Dr. Frank Maffei, chair of pediatrics.

The triplets said it's important for them to give back because they were here 10 years ago.

"I think it's cool to be here because to think ten years ago, we were here," Patrick Moore said.

"Every day, it's just amazing to see where they started to where they are today in fourth grade and all doing so well," Robert Moore said.

After they presented the donation, the triplets enjoyed a little early birthday cake with their doctors.