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A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP
Though the Rodriguez family returned home after Roberto's birth, their
relationship with the Center had just begun.
They have returned to Philadelphia nearly every year since to attend the
Center's annual Fetal Family Reunion. The reunion is a special gathering
for former CHOP patients who either underwent fetal surgery to treat
conditions before birth, or needed specialized care before, or surgery
immediately after birth. Families who have gone through similar struggles
can interact with each other and reconnect with their physicians, surgeons
and nurses. Roberto and his family have seen the reunion grow from 10
families in 1996 to more than 2,000 people from nearly 20 states.
"It's phenomenal to come back and see all of the kids running around,
the result of all the good things CHOP is doing," Felicia says. "Now you
can barely fit everybody in one photo frame."

In March 2013, Roberto threw out the first pitch of the Phillies
spring training game at the Florida Fetal Family Reunion.

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