Renee Hendricks has been a neonatal nurse at Well Star Kinston Hospital in Marietta, Ga., For 33 years.

“The NICU is an intensive care unit, which means our babies are in very critical condition and we don’t know if they will survive a change,” Hendricks said. “These parents, they can’t bring their kids home.”

In honor of Newborn Nurses Day, the Kleenex brand wanted to show Hendrix how much she is appreciated by each of her patients, past and present.

Hendrix was offered a video to watch, in which parents of former NICU patients thanked her for taking care of their children. Watching the moving video, tears streaming down her face, she surprised the families in person. Each of the previous patients uploaded photos of what they looked like while in the NICU.

But that was not the end of a surprise for René! Take a look at her heartbreaking reaction to seeing all the children she has saved in the past.

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