Addressed as “micro-preemie”, he weighed just over one pound. This premature baby was a brave fighter who struggled to survive in the incubator for 80 days and his courageous battle for life was captured in amazing photos.
When little Walker was born at 26 weeks, his parents were worried. This preemie weighed only one pound and three ounces. He was so fragile that his parents could only hold him five days after his birth and they could stay with him for only 45 minutes every day.
Erica and Jared Pruett’s little boy, wasn’t just considered a preemie, but a “micro-preemie,” according to the nurses of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
He was so tiny that doctors anticipated that he would stay in the NICU for 100 days. But little Walker made it an 80-day battle for survival which was a miracle. And what made this miracle more beautiful was the kind heart of Deneen Bryan, a professional photographer, who documented little Walker’s miraculous story by taking his photos every day from the moment of his birth to the day he went home.
Walker Pruett was born premature, weighing just over one pound.
On day 5, Walker’s parents are allowed to hold him for the first time. Little Walker still can’t breathe by himself.
By day 27, Walker has gained some weight and looks healthier.
By day 54, Walker can sleep in a real crib instead of the incubator.
On day 74, Walker weighed four pounds!
After the battle for 80 days in hospital, Walker is a healthy baby now, preparing to go home!
Walker’s mom Erica can finally cuddle her adorable baby at home.
Bryan’s own premature daughter died at just six months at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 1998. A volunteer photographer took free photographs of her daughter in the hospital. When receiving the photos, she realized the importance of these professional photos for her family. She thus founded Capturing Hopes Photography, a non-profit volunteer organization which takes professional photographs of babies free of charge in NICU.
“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.
“You feel like you’ve done something really good for the world.”