Dad Shares Emotional Video Of His Premature Son's First Year Of Life And All The Obstacles He Had To Overcome
Ward Miles was born 3 and a half months early. For the first weeks and months following his birth, the boy had to overcome some major health challenges to come out on the other side better and stronger.
Ward was born to Benjamin Scot Miller and his wife, Lyndsey. On July 16, 2012, months before her baby was due, the mum began to feel some cramps. By the time she got to the doctors, they realized that the pains were actually contractions. They tried their best but they could not stop the baby from being born that day.
When he was born, Ward was only 12 inches long and weighed one pound 13 ounces. Soon after birth, he dropped to 1 pound 7 ounces.
The parents were told that the chances of his survival were slim and that even if he did, there was a 50/50 chance that he would be a normal, healthy boy. Benjamin and Lyndsey had no choice but to pray for their baby to get better.
The father, a professional photographer, wanted to capture his son's tough journey. The resultant video was eventually posted online where it received over 21 million views.
In the footage, the first image we see is of Lyndsay holding her 4-day old baby who, at the time, was covered in tubes and cords. The love and emotion displayed in the video were palpable. As we continued to watch the key elements of Ward's first year, we cannot help but applaud this child as a brave hero.
Due to the many complications that came as a result of being born so early, Ward had to spend 100 days in the NICU. Fortunately, he got better and his parents were absolutely thrilled when they got to bring their baby home. Benjamin said:
When we finally brought him home, it was amazing. That was the day. Everything was leading up to that day, and to have him there was amazing. It was how it was supposed to be from the get-go. We had to wait 107 days before we could experience that, so it was just amazing.
It's just such an amazing experience watching Ward's progress from being such a fragile newborn to being the healthy child he is today. This just goes to show, nothing is impossible even when things often seem to be that way.