Story and Photos by Life News.Com
A viral video that shows the first year of a preemie born at 25 weeks gives glory to God and supports the fact that all life is precious.
Parents Benjamin and Lindsey were not expecting their unborn son Ward so early when he was unexpectedly born 3 1/2 months early on July 16, 2012. At 25 weeks, Ward Miles Miller was only 12 inches long and weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth.
Babies this age can be legally aborted in the womb.
“One doctor told us straight up the first night that there was a 50/50 chance that he would be normal,” Ward’s father, Benjamin Miller told CNN. “We definitely prayed and prayed.”
Ward had some complications after his birth and spent more than 100 days in the NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
“When we finally brought him home, it was amazing,” Miller said. “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.”
A video his parents published showing Ward’s first year outside the womb made it into YouTube’s ’10 Years of YouTube‘ compilation.
Ward’s father Benjamin posted this explanation about the video, which has received millions of views.
This is a story of a mother’s love for her baby. It sums up my son’s first year. He was born way too early, and the obstacles he had to overcome were really big, but not bigger than our God. I made this video to commemorate his first year and how far he has come. Today also happens to be his mother’s birthday… so I made this as a gift to her for both of these special days.