LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Brave Beginnings, along with presenting speakers, actress Zoe Saldana,Raj Dasgupta, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at University of Southern California KECK School of Medicine and 'Dr. Raj' from the television show, "The Doctors," and Philippe S. Friedlich, M.D., Interim Chief of the Division of Neonatology and Director of the Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, recently joined forces to raise awareness and funds for the benefit of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Brave Beginnings, a program initially part of the Will Rogers Institute (WRI), works to improve the lives of premature babies by providing hospitals with grants for purchasing life-saving neonatal equipment and supporting critical care pulmonary services.
Guests consisting of members of the medical community and patrons of Brave Beginnings and Children's Hospital Los Angeles enjoyed an afternoon that featured a special introduction by Saldana, who shared her NICU experience as the mother of twins born prematurely and encouraged the audience to support Brave Beginnings so that every parent and child has the access to the best medical equipment and care available. Physician speaker presentations by Friedlich and Dasgupta both articulated the critical need for proper medical equipment to not only save the lives of newborns, but to also be able to send babies home without a chance of developing lifelong disabilities or disorders. The event also featured lunch, a silent auction, and musical performance by the students of The School of Rock.