A healthy five year old girl in Rapid City was initially born premature. Now the hospital that helped her honors her.
On Friday, the Rapid City Regional Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit named their unit after Claire Mahaffey. A family friend made a donation to the hospital in Claire's name, so now the NICU will be known as Claire's Place.
The girl's mother, Julie Mahaffey, says she is very fortunate for the care she and her daughter received in the NICU, and the fact that they didn't have to go to a bigger city.
"There are several babies before her, during her, and after her that have been through the NICU and I think the reason why it was so special is it puts a face to a baby that goes through the NICU," said Julie Mahaffey.
When Claire was born she weighed two pounds and four ounces, and spent 74 days in the NICU. She now has no long term complications and is expected to live a long, healthy life.