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Someone 2 Know: Merci Beaucoup Reunion

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A baby captured the hearts of some special nurses in town -- 18 years ago.
   
Jerome Thebault's mother passed away from complications during childbirth and the baby boy spent a month in the neo-natal ICU -- where the NICU nurses loved on him like he was their own.
   
Well recently, Jerome -- now a young man -- returned to thank these nurses as an adult.

"Oh, it was quite exciting."

Standing healthy and strong now in the very hospital room where he spent the first few weeks of his life.  
   
In December 1996, Jerome was born at what's now Renown Regional Medical Center.

His mother lost her life during childbirth so, a handful of NICU nurses, like 34-year veteran, Ellen Weber, stepped in to nurture the babe.

"I think Jerome was really special. He came under some tragic circumstances and we all just fell in love with him."
   
After a month here in Reno, Jerome's grandparents traveled from France to take him home and raise him there.  
   
But every December, around his birthday, the NICU nurses look for a letter in the mail - postmarked from more than 5,000 miles away.
   
Jerome's grandparents sent updates every single year.

"They sent cards every year with a photograph of me."

"Oh, it's been wonderful. We look forward to it every year. It's been fun watching him grow from a baby to a toddler to a nice young man."
   
Over the years, however, Jerome has longed to see what his birthplace is like for himself.

"From my fifth birthday to my 18-years-old and finally it happened."

"I went to Lake Tahoe, I went to Donner Lake, Truckee and I went to San Francisco."
   
But the first thing on his to-do list was to hug those - who wrapped their arms around him - during his first few days.

"It's very special because they took care of me so well."

And Jerome's certainly not alone.
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