The Millers live in Columbus and have been married for four years. They both hail from Ohio’s center region. Their first child, Ward, was born at Riverside Methodist Hospital barely 1 lb. 13 oz. and 15 weeks early. He had surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital four days after his birth, and the following 107 days were spent in the hospital’s NICU where he fought for his life.
Born three and a half months ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ, baby Ward Miles did not have the easiest start in life but thanks to the love of his parents and endless gratitude of doctors and nurses, the little fighter pulled through all challenges.
His father, Benjamin Miller who is a photographer that works under the name Benjamin Scot, captured his son’s first year in a moving short film, beginning with those difficult, early days in the NICU and following Ward as he goes from these changes to those changes, he could grow day by day.
The video begins with new mom Lyndsey gingerly picking up her son, who weighs under 1.5lbs, about the size of a mother’s hand. four days after he was born 15 weeks early at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The baby’s whole body was covered with slings, looking very pitiful, any viewer would shed tears for him.
With the help of the nurses moving wires and medical equipment, Lyndsey eases into a chair and holds her tiny son to her chest. She smiles for the camera and then the new mother becomes overwhelmed by the moment and bursts into tears. The moving scene is just one of many in the couple’s emotional roller coaster following the birth of their ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ son on July 16, 2012.
When doctors were when they did his first brain scan looking for ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ. There are 4 grades, 1-4 with 4 being the worst. The results came back and he had a grade 2 on one side, and a grade 4 on the other.
He said: ‘I cried and prayed. The ʙʟᴇᴇᴅs could lead to severe problems down the road. He may not be able to walk. He may have ᴄᴇʀᴇʙʀᴀʟ ᴘᴀʟsʏ. He may be ᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʟʟʏ ʜᴀɴᴅɪᴄᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ. I felt so bad for him. It wasn’t his fault. He couldn’t do anything to fix it. 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.’
He wrote: “While we were watching him, he turned his little head towards us, and then opened his eyes. I had enough time to get a photo of it. I feel as if he was telling us ‘I’m okay!! Don’t give up on me!’
A miracle has happened. After his first 107 days of life in the hospital, Ward Miles finally went home on October 31, 2012.
Mr Miller said: ‘It was such an amazing feeling to have him home, where he belonged. The family could not have coped with their ordeal without the love and prayers from family and thousands of friends and supporters, some of whom they had never met. 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.’
“THIS is why abortion should be illegal. What a beautiful video. I am a new father myself and I couldn’t imagine life without her. I hope nobody saw me crying at work. lol. God bless them and hope they have many more years together!!!” a person said
“My son was only 2 weeks early but spent those two weeks in the NICU with severe respiratory problems. I cannot imagine what these parents went through but I’m happy their son is doing well. Enjoy him every day.” another one said