Dad Takes Breathtaking Video of His Premature Son's 107 Days in the NICU

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mom of premieBringing a child into this world 15 weeks early can be terrifying. What will happen to this fragile little person? Thanks to one dad with a video camera, one little boy's journey from 1.5-pound infant born 15 weeks early in a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) to smiley, happy, and HEALTHY 1-year-old is showing the world the incredible journey through a premie's first year of life.

Benjamin Scot is a photographer for Abercrombie & Fitch and a filmmaker, so what better way to capture son Miles' fight for life than in video form? Beginning when wife Lyndsey was finally able to hold their little guy four whole days after birth, the video of Miles' first year is a tribute to her and to the doctors and nurses at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. And, well, it's pretty much the most life-affirming thing I've seen in weeks.

So grab your tissues, and let's roll the videotape:

 

I've watched this video at least three times this morning, and I cry each time. Thank goodness he threw in that baby puke scene for a little comic relief, or I might have to call in from work hysterical, amirite?

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The thing about this video isn't just that it's beautifully done -- kudos to Dad there -- but that it shows how lucky we are to live in a nation with medical resources that can change lives, can SAVE lives.

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Did you know one in eight babies in the United States is born premature? Scary statistic right there, but if you think about it, a pretty incredible one too. Technology has come so far that there is hope for more and more premature babies to not just survive, but thrive!

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Imagine going from weighing less than a bottle of soda to that gorgeous, giggling toddler!

What is your favorite scene in the video?

Image via BenjaminScot/VIMEO

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JS0512 JS0512

Watched this at work...huge mistake.  I don't have a favorite part...MAYBE when he's sitting up in a Bumbo? with no shirt and he's laughing and you can see his two sweet bottom teeth...the whole thing is just amazing.  So happy for this family.

nonmember avatar Ria

My brother was born 3 months premature as well, and even though I was only two at the time, I remember every single moment of it like it was yesterday. This video is so cute, and it brought back all these memories of how little my own brother used to be and how fragile he was (I wasn't allowed to hold him for MONTHS). Thanks for this video!

wamom223 wamom223

Thanks for posting this.  This really took me back and reminded me of the joy when you realize your little NICU baby is a normal kid.  My son and I watched this together and we laughed together and I cried.  That first scene when she's holding him for the first time and starts crying really got me.  It was like a time machine reminding me how bitter sweet that moment was.  Since a friend of mine had a baby my son has asked a lot of questions about when he was born and watching this I think got through to him a little bit how it was for us.  I am so happy for them and all of us that have gotten to bring our healthy or on the road to healthy baby home.  

nonmember avatar Bianca

I spent 2 years volunteering at a hospital and almost a year of that I spent holding babies in the NICU. You never get used to seeing the wires and the tubes and some babies were there for months. My heart always broke for them and their parents. I went there every week and those babies never failed to give me hope. They would all fight so hard and it was always wonderful to see them finally go home after months in the hospital. Those babies and their parents where such an inspiration to me. I decided from then on to go to nursing school and every time I feel exhausted or run down, I think about my patients. With all the evil in the world, I've witnessed the best in human nature and that always gives me hope.

nonmember avatar Nony

My absolute favorite moment is when she is wiping him and you can finally see him opening his eyes and the expressions on his face. You can see how truly happy she is to be doing the most simple things for him..the things others take for granted every day. That's definitely when the tears started falling for me.

Nina St Clair-MacPherson

The first time she picked him up. The amazing look of love on her face took my breath away....you just know looking at her holding that little baby and all those tubes and lines that SHE knew everything was going to be fine.....beautiful video.

Darlene Coking Borggreen

This brings back memories for me as well. My granddaughter was born 13 weeks early and spent 86 days in the NICU. The night she was born the nurse who was bringing her up from delivery said "She's got an attitude!" Now she's a happy and healthy 3 1/2 year old with an attitude...

Tanya Craft

Thanks for posting this. I still have tears in my eyes. my daughter was born at 26 weeks weighing 2 lbs . she spent 95 days in the nicu . Every thing brought back memories. The leads the heart monitor and the kanga roo care. Thank you and may god bless you and your family :)

Kayla Vansickel

Such an amazing video! :) My first son was born 4months early and fought his hardest for 101 days before the Lord said it was time to go to his forever home in heaven. He was such a wonderful bundle of joy. This video is so cute and such a great way to capture the beautiful things.

nonmember avatar Jennifer ruffle

Absolutely gorgeous video. Crying my eyes out. My son was born at 30 weeks and we were terrified. The NICU angel nurses took such good care of our little one and us. I think this is a wonderfully accurate portrayal of life in the hospital and how hard it is for the parents, especially the mothers. Our son spent 57 days in the hospital. Leaving him there night after night was the hardest thing ever. He is now a thriving, very healthy second grader thanks to the fabulous care he received. God bless that family and all of the NICU staff who work so hard to care for these peanuts!

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