Mom Releases Moving NICU Video on Her Preemie Son’s First Birthday

On september 24, 2014, Jack and Greyson Grier were born 16 week early, at only 24 weeks gestation, according to the YouTube video below. Greyson did not survive and Jack weighted only 1 pound and 7 ounces. His chance of survival was 50/50.

Now, a year later, little Jack has not only survived, but thrived. In celebration of the long and difficult journey towards his first birthday, his mother, Mary Colleen Grier, released the video below. It shows everything from the first time his mother and father got to hold him, to his first breaths without the breathing tube and when his parents finally got to take him home.

When my son was born I remember watching videos of others’ NICU journeys and they brought me so much hope,” Grier told The Huffington Post. “I hope this can encourage some parents who are are on the roller coaster ride of having a preemie in the NICU.”

Happy birthday, Jack.

Enjoy the video below:  

h/t HuffPost Good News

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Other

Nurse checking female patient's pulse on wrist, close-up

Why I Owe My Life to Nurses After Spending 218 Days in the Hospital

Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson recently performed a monologue about her nursing career during Miss America’s talent competition. Comments by “The View” co-hosts about Johnson’s nontraditional choice have shed light on the lack of credence and respect nurses are given. Rather than attempting to interpret the intent behind careless remarks, why not funnel some attention toward the exceptional [...]
baby laying in fall leaves between two older siblings

3 Perks to Protecting Our Immune-Fragile Child During Germ Season

Hibernation season is upon us. It’s coming quickly on the heels of the first approaching frost, if not sooner. I don’t mean for the squirrels who have gathered acorns for the last few months, angrily staring me down as I walk the path to the hospital and threatening me with their bushy little tails. I [...]

Let’s Be Careful With Our ‘Dear Mom Who…’ Posts

I was scrolling through Facebook with my morning coffee when a post from a page I follow caught my eye. It started out the way so many of them do: “Dear Helicopter Mom at the Playground…” I kept reading because sometimes “Dear Mom” posts surprise me and are sweet and encouraging. Unfortunately, this one was [...]

When I Confronted My Lunch Date Over Using the R-Word

As a 21-year-old college student, I hear the words “retard” and “retarded” get tossed around frequently and nonchalantly. “Dude, you’re so retarded.” “Are you kidding me? Stop being such a retard.” It’s like I have selective hearing to this nasty word. In a crowded room or when I’m walking to class, above the chatter and [...]