[Warning: You will need some tissues. More than one. Grab the entire box just to be safe.]
In July 2012, Ward Miles came into the world. Weighing 1.5 pounds, he was born 15 weeks early. Four days after his birth, Ward’s mother Lyndsey was overcome with emotion as she held his tiny little body for the first time. Hooked up to countless tubes and cords, Ward would spend the first 107 days of his life in the NICU at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Ward’s father, photographer and videographer, Benjamin Scot, documented the arduous journey of the first year of his son’s life. He made and released the following video as a birthday gift for his wife and also to show his gratitude for the doctors and nurses at the hospital who remained constantly by their side through the emotional and sometimes dark days before their son was brought home. As he writes in the video notes,
This is a story of a mother’s love for her baby….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 beginning of the 7 minute video shows little Ward struggling to take each breath with the help of machines that are bigger than he is, and as each scene progresses, fewer and fewer tubes are attached to his body and face. The video ends with him happily, fat and giggly as he eats his first birthday cake and promptly throws it up. You can’t help but cry, smile, laugh and cry some more at the miraculous journey that is unfolds before your eyes.
[Images and Article via @Daily Mail]