HOUSTON -

Some area families got an early visit from the Easter bunny thanks to the March of Dimes and the Woman’s Hospital of Texas.

The spring celebration at the hospital is a chance to bring families together, and for older siblings, a chance to see their baby brothers and sisters.

Tabitha Pritchett and her 3-year-old son know how difficult the experience of having a preemie baby can be. 

She started her journey nearly one year ago after being diagnosed with HELLP syndrome -- a life-threatening condition that develops during pregnancy. 

Doctors had to perform an emergency C-section on Pritchett. Her son weighed just 1 pound, 1 ounce when he was born. He was not expected to survive.

“Had I not had the support that I get here, had I not had that, this 11 months would have been torture for me,” said Pritchett.

Pritchett she looks forward to going home soon with her baby. 

The NICU family support program at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas has served over 3,000 families and their babies in the past three years.