Veronica T The Tackett Family

They were wonderful, kind and considerate – a great team of people.

Over the course of 50 years, many parents have had children who were born prematurely and have grown to live healthy lives because of the care they received in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Monmouth Medical Center.

Pearl Tackett of Rumson is one of those parents. Pearl’s daughter, Veronica, was born three months early and weighed only about 1.5 pounds. She recalls the months her daughter, now 29 years old, spent in MMC’s NICU and how the doctors and nurses worked diligently to help her daughter grow and eventually, go home.

“Everyone at the NICU made me feel as comfortable as possible during what was a very difficult time,” said Pearl, a medical assistant for an eye center in Red Bank.

“The team always kept me updated on Veronica’s care, and they allowed my other daughter, Gabrielle, who was just 1 at the time, to visit her sister. “They are very hands on,” she adds. “I still have video of the nurses helping me give Veronica her first bath."

”Today, Veronica lives a healthy and happy life as a sales manager for Anthropology in White Plains New York,which her mother attributes to the care her daughter received at MMC’s NICU. “They were wonderful, kind and considerate – a great team of people,” she said.