This Touching Video Of A Premature Baby’s First Year Will Make You Cry

After Benjamin Miller’s son Ward was born 14 weeks early, he chronicled his family’s journey home from the hospital in this emotional video.

1. The video begins when Benjamin’s wife Lyndsey holds her firstborn child for the first time, four days after his birth.

2. Ward Miles Miller was 12 inches long and weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces when he was born, but dropped to 1 pound, 7 ounces in the following days.

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Doctors discovered a clot in Lindsey’s placenta 3 1/2 months before Ward’s due date and decided that the baby needed to come out. He was born on July 16, 2012 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

3. “One doctor told us straight up the first night that there was a 50/50 chance that he would be normal,” Benjamin said. “We definitely prayed and prayed.”

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4. After 107 days in the NICU, Ward’s parents were finally able to bring him home.

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5. Now, more than a year later, Ward is healthy and developing normally, to the delight of his parents. Benjamin presented the moving video of their son’s first year to Lyndsey on Oct. 31, the one-year anniversary of Ward’s homecoming.

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6. “I want to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff all over the world that make it their life’s mission to help babies get better,” Benjamin wrote in the video’s description. “It’s because of you that my son ever stood a chance to make it home!”

Benjamin Scot Miller / vimeo.com

Benjamin Scot Miller / vimeo.com

 

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