Mini Miracles: NFTs Supporting Premature Babies
By Kateryna Salnichenko 134 22 May 2023
Mini Miracles is a pioneering NFT project specifically designed to support premature infants and their families in intensive care units. The creators themselves have experienced this issue firsthand and now seek to assist the little ones and parents enduring this challenging journey.
The Mini Miracles NFT collection is the brainchild of artist David Chiu and co-founders Patrick and Juliana, who are a couple and parents of premature twin daughters. The girls were born in 2020, at 24 weeks of gestation, each weighing just over 500 grams.
During the fight for their children's lives and health, Patrick and Juliana faced numerous challenges. These included a shortage of specialized medical facilities, frequent surgeries, their daughters being housed in separate rooms, and fleeting visits due to COVID-19-related restrictions. Despite interacting with numerous doctors, nurses, and social workers, the couple felt isolated and overwhelmed.
At this crucial juncture, the "Child Life" program, operating in one of the clinics, proved pivotal. The program's coordinators provided emotional support to parents and children, along with essential items like children's clothing, toys, feeding chairs, and rockers for the intensive care unit. Furthermore, they crafted milestones charts for the infants and collaborated with older patients to create artworks for the parents.
Inspired by the "Child Life" initiative, Patrick and Juliana decided to compile a resource guide for parents of premature newborns and organize fundraising efforts for families in intensive care. The first step towards this noble goal was the launch of the Mini Miracles NFT collection.
Mini Miracles comprises uniquely generated NFT babies on the Ethereum blockchain, each featuring over a hundred different characteristics. Each generative baby is unique, with varying traits of rarity. Mini Miracles NFTs can be acquired in two ways: by purchasing them on OpenSea or minting them independently on the project's website. The creators aim to release 8,000 NFTs, with a portion of the proceeds going to the "Child Life" program and other charitable causes.