A North Carolina couple documented the 80-day hospital stay of their son who was born at 26 weeks and weighed just one pound.
Erica and Jared Pruett had to wait five days until they could hold their son Walker. Even then they only had 45 minutes with him each day.
Walker was in a neonatal intensive care unit at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem for 80 days. His journey from a fragile preemie to a healthy 3-month-old were documented by photographer Deneen Bryan.
Bryan owns Capturing Hopes Photography, a non-profit volunteer group that take free professional photographs of premature infants in hospitals. She said she began taking pictures when she realized NICU families were underserved.
“They didn’t have anyone coming in. The baby was only one to two pounds and mom and dad didn’t have any photos except cellphone shots,” Bryan said.
“These images are a way to bring out the humanity of the NICU, looking beyond the tubes, cords, and machines to highlight the beauty of the miracles that occur there on a daily basis,” Bryan told WhatToExpect.com.
Walker is now finally home with his family.
“Walker got weighed, he is up to 6lbs. 1.4ozs, which means he is over 5 times his birth weight a truly amazing gain!” wrote Erica on her blog on Friday.
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