The Gift of Life Art Auction is a fundraiser to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaica.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) was first established in 1961 as a small room on the maternity ward, where basic care for babies was provided. It was subsequently relocated in 1963 to its current location as a 40 bassinet unit. That year, 33 patients were admitted to the unit. 72% of the patients admitted had respiratory distress secondary to Prematurity. The unit was managed by two house officers, a resident and a Consultant and # nurses.