As a present for his wife, Benjamin Miller made this video of the first year of their baby’s life. But what makes this video special is the battle that the baby, Ward, had to go through to make it to that first-birthday milestone.
Ward was born when his mum Lyndsey was just 25 weeks pregnant. He had a very low score on a test for bleeding on the brain, and spent the first 107 days of his life in hospital.
Dad Benjamin, a photographer and filmmaker, uploaded the video to his website. He describes it as “the story of a mother’s love for a baby”.
He made it as a surprise for Lyndsey’s 32nd birthday – which was the one-year anniversary of the day Ward came home from the hospital.
He says: “This video will show just how small he was when he was born, and how sick he was.
“I didn’t hold back when editing. I didn’t just include cute clips. There are some nasty moments. The reason being, I wanted people to see how bad he looked, so that when they look at him today they get a better sense of how far he has come.
“It is truly a miracle and we thank God daily for getting him to where he is!
“I also 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!”
One NICU nurse comments on it: “This is the first film that beautifully shows what we do, why we do it and what a parent must go through too. Thank you!”