Twin Nurses Return to NICU
The same genes, the same job and, 20 years ago, the Anderson twins were in the same situation, fighting for their lives.
Sarah and Jennifer were born 11 weeks premature and weighed just two pounds each. Their lungs weren't developed enough to let them breathe on their own. For two months, they were in the University of Missouri Hospital's NICU, now in the Family Birth Center at Columbia Regional Hospital.
"Two little girls were born. They were named Jennifer and Sarah. Several of us very quickly became primary nurses or persons who took care of them everyday," said NICU Manager Barb Brucks, who still looks after them as their boss.
"So, it's really neat to be able to work with her," said Jennifer Anderson. "It kind of feels like we're repaying them a little bit for taking care of us by being able to work for them."
Added her sister Sarah, "I really like it because I like caring for those babies that I once was and helping them to get better."
Bruck said, "To see these young ladies, who've grown up and gone to nursing school and now come back to the unit where they began their life, it's kind of a full circle. "
A circle that ends where it started, helping save lives just as someone saved theirs.