An Eagle Scout Project Brought This Teen Back To NICU That Saved His Life

When Zach Cicero was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, he weighed just one pound. Zach had been carried for just 25 weeks and needed round-the-clock medical attention. And that's just what he got in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph, where Zach lived for the first three and a half months of his life.


That was about 18 years ago. Today, Zach is a flourishing high school senior who will attend Concordia University Chicago in the fall and who is currently working towards becoming an Eagle Scout. Part of the preparation for becoming an Eagle Scout is doing works of service, so Zach decided that he wanted to give back to the NICU that had guaranteed that his life would get started on the right foot.

"I just had to come back and help out the people that helped me," Zach said.

So he started building wooden rocking chairs. And his mom Cathy knows exactly why.

During the three months when newborn Zach was in the NICU, Cathy would spend hours with him, sitting and cuddling. "We would sit in the rocking chair and just talk," she recalled.

Zach built four beautiful wooden rocking chairs for the St. Joseph NICU. On the day that he dropped them off, as he was delivering the fourth and final chair into the room, he got a glimpse into his early days when he saw a mother rocking her three-day-old baby, just like Cathy had rocked him 18 years earlier.

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