The Millers have been married for four years and reside in Columbus. They both hail from Ohio’s center region. Ward, their first child, was born 15 weeks early and weighed just 1 lb. 13 oz. at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Four days after his birth, he underwent surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the following 107 days were spent in the facility’s NICU, where he fought for his life.
Ward Miles was not given the best start in life when he was born 3 and a half months early, but he overcame every obstacle with the help of his parents’ love and their unending gratitude for the doctors, nurses, and child warriors. Watch Ward’s first year was captured in a moving short film by his father, photographer Benjamin Miller, who also goes by the name Benjamin Scot. The film begins with Watch Ward’s difficult early days in the NICU and follows him as he transitions from these changes to those, allowing him to grow each day.
Lyndsey, a new mother, enters the video tiptoeing to her son, who is less than 1.5 lbs. and is the size of his mother’s hand. the boy was delivered at National Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, 15 weeks early, four days later. Any observer would have to cry for the infant because of how awful she looked with her entire body covered in a sling.
Lyndsey sat in a chair, her young boy in her arms, as nurses moved wires and medical equipment out of the way. The new mother grinned for the camera before being overcome by the emotion of the event and crying. The couple experienced a variety of poignant moments following the preterm birth of their baby on July 16, 2012.
When doctors did his first brain scan for bleeding. There are 4 grades, 1-4 with 4 being the worst. The result is returned and one side is layer 2, the other side is layer 4.
I cried and prayed, he said. Later on, bleeding signs can cause major issues. It’s possible that he can’t walk. He might be cerebrally palsied. He might have a mental illness. I’m really sorry for him. He’s not to blame. Nothing he tried to fix it could work. Nothing we can do will make it better. There is nothing a doctor can do to fix it. It was an awful sensation. Our only option is to pray.
While we were viewing him, he turned his tiny head our way and opened his eyes, the author claimed. I had time to take a photo of it. I got the impression that he was saying, “I’m fine! Keep trying for me! A miracle took place. Ward Miles was discharged from the hospital on October 31, 2012, after spending the initial 107 days there.
Bringing him home, where he belongs, has been a wonderful sensation, according to Mr. Miller. Without the love and prayers of the family and hundreds of friends and supporters, some of whom the family has never met, the family would not have been able to endure their suffering. I would like to thank all the medical professionals—doctors, nurses, and support staff—who dedicate their lives to improving the health of infants. My son was able to return home because of you.
My son was born 2 weeks early but spent those 2 weeks in the NICU with severe breathing problems. I can’t imagine what these parents have gone through but I’m so glad their son is doing well.