Ward Miles was born 3 ½ months premature, weighing under 1 ½ pounds. His parents couldn’t hold him until four days after his birth, and he had to stay in the hospital for the first 107 days of his life. So while Ward’s first year of life was unimaginably challenging, it was also even more miraculous. Rumble shares the video Ward’s dad, Benjamin Scot Miller, made of that incredible time.
In the video, Ward’s mother looks straight at the camera and smiles, gently stroking the baby, then suddenly tilts her head down and covers her mouth with her hand in a flood of tearful emotion.
The early birth wasn’t Ward’s only challenge. At 10 days old, a scan revealed blood in his brain tissue, meaning blood had gotten in there at some point. His father remembers crying and praying the whole way to the hospital that day.
“And then you get there and you see him, and he’s laying there. He’s still the same old self,” he said. “We just felt so bad. He has no control over this. It’s not his fault.”
Over time, the bleed didn’t grow, and the blood was slowly reabsorbed by the brain. The problem has not persisted.
Ward finally got to go home after spending more than 100 days in the NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “HOME” is displayed in large capital letters in the video.
“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.”
Miller had originally wanted to prepare a video for his son’s first birthday, but after that day went by, he found the next best opportunity: October 31, the anniversary of Ward’s homecoming and one day before Lyndsey’s birthday.
The video found a large audience online; it’s been watched more than 3.6 million times.