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NICU patient grows up to be pediatric resident at same hospital

He spent a month in the NICU at Connecticut Children's as an infant. Now, Dr. Cummins is a pediatric resident at the same hospital.

HARTFORD, Conn. — 27 years ago, Dr. Matthew Cummins was born premature -- at just 32 weeks -- in the same hospital neo-natal intensive care unit that he has recently been working in.

He spent a month in the NICU at Connecticut Children's as an infant. Now, Dr. Cummins is a pediatric resident at the same hospital in Hartford and is sharing his unique perspective with the parents of patients.

“I think I have a lot better understanding of what happened to me and I can reflect that to the parents that I am taking care of, I think I can offer them a little hope – a look into a future outcome,” Cummins said. 

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Marge Julian, the director of nursing at the neo-natal ICU at Connecticut Children’s said that Dr. Cummins' rotation through the NICU at the hospital has been a welcome addition.

“It’s been fulfilling to see Matt in this phase,” said Julian, “and to help him continue to grow and develop into becoming a physician -- and to help parents.” 

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Cummins, from Old Saybrook, hopes to practice as a pediatric cardiologist down the road, said sharing his past as a patient in the NICU is all part of paying things forward.

“It’s very cool, it’s surreal honestly,” Cummins added, “there is something very special about being able to be there.”

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Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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