11/22/13. A Mother’s Love: Pictures Show Premature Baby’s Amazing First Year Progress. Steven Ertelt, lifenews.com
A video and pictures of an amazing baby with a fantastic story are circulating the Internet today. In the pictures and video, Benjamin Scot Miller of Columbus, Ohio depicts the transformation of baby born extremely premature through his first year of life.
Miller documented his son’s first days in the neonatal intensive care and how he progressed enough to finally go home and celebrate his first birthday.
“He was born way too early, and the obstacles he had to overcome were really big, but not bigger than our God,” Miller writes.
In the video, Ward Miles is shown hooked up to tubes and cord as his mother holds him for the first time.
“This is a story of a mother’s love for her baby,” Miller wrote. “A year ago from this Halloween he came home. I made this video to commemorate his first year and how far he has come. Today happens to be his mother’s birthday… so I made this as a gift to her. 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! It’s because of you that my son ever stood a chance to make it home!”
The Huffington Post has more on the story, after the video.
It is one thing to make a video of your baby’s first year as a surprise for your wife. When that baby was born 15 weeks prematurely, scored the lowest he could on a test for bleeding in his brain and spent his first 107 days of life in a hospital with soaring heart rates, that gift becomes even more special.
At 25 weeks into her first pregnancy, Lyndsey Miller was at work and started having cramps that she thought were due to her morning workout. It turned out she was in labor. Her baby, Ward Miles, was born only four hours after her doctor sent her to hospital that day.
“It was all a blur on one hand, yet on the other hand I remember EVERY detail, every facial expression on the nurses’ faces and every emotion I had,” her husband, Ben, a photographer and filmmaker, told HuffPost of Ward’s birth story. “Two days earlier we were on vacation in a tiny town in Michigan. Who knows what would have happened if it happened then?”
Ten days after Ward was born, the doctors did their first brain scan to look for bleeding. Out of a possible four grades, with four being the worst, the tiny infant scored a 2 on one side and a 4 on the other. “We were devastated,” Ben said. “The bleeds could lead to severe problems down the road. And we couldn’t do anything to fix it. The doctors couldn’t do anything to fix it. It was a horrible feeling. All we could do was pray.”
Ward is now 16 months old. He is just learning to crawl, but has been trying to walk for months, Ben says. He has some words, including “dog” and “Mc” (the name of one of the family dogs), though he is still working on “puppy” and “Samson” (their other pet).