This is such a touching story… Deneen Bryan is a mother-of-six from North Carolina who lost a prematurely born daughter — she was only six months old. Needless to say, such a tragedy left a deep mark. However, unlike many other parents who have experienced the excruciating pain of losing a baby, Ms. Bryan decided to do something that would commemorate her daughter’s tragically short life.
Deneen Bryan has started a charity — Capturing Hopes Photography — through which she and a team of volunteer professional photographers provide parents with free photos which document the growth of their premature babies in neo-natal intensive care units.
One baby Ms. Bryan has photographed is tiny Walker Pruett who weighed just 1lb 3oz when he was prematurely born on April 25. The charity created the amazing time-lapse video that you will see below, which charts Walker’s progress. The video is part of the charity’s new Project 100 Days, which aims to show premature babies’ growth in the first 100 days of their lives at the hospital. The beautiful photos show Walker from the moment of his birth, when he is put on a ventilator, to day 80 when he is finally healthy and strong enough to be discharged from hospital.
Walker’s parents, Erica and Jared Pruett, deeply appreciate the charity’s work. Erica told Martinsville Bulletin:
[Walker] was just so, so tiny. You couldn’t touch him. You couldnΓÇÖt rub him. You just had to pat his skin, because his skin was so fragile. … It was five days before we could hold him.
[Bryan] was excellent to us … She came every single day that he was in the NICU and took a picture of him. After we left the NICU, she did a photoshoot with us. She gave us the complete rights to all those pictures.
Ms. Bryan’s six-month-old daughter died at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 1998. She told The Blaze:
After she passed away, we got the photos in the mail. That’s when I really realized how important those photos were. That was our only professional photo that we had of our family at the time.
That act of kindness prompted her to start her charity. And many families are now grateful for the work she does for them. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Walker Pruett was born severely premature on April 25, weighing just one pound and three ounces.
2. On day 5, Walker’s parents were able to hold him for the first time. He couldn’t breathe on his own.
3. By day 27, Walker has grown a little and is looking healthier.
4. By day 54, Walker was much stronger and very alert.
5. On day 74, Walker weighed four pounds.
6. Eighty days after birth, Walker was healthy enough to go home.
7. Mother-of-six Deneen Bryan has set up charity ‘Capturing Hopes’ and photographs premature babies in hospital as a free gift for their parents.
8. Noah weighed just one pound, 15 ounces when he was born. The five-month-old now weighs 14 pounds.
9. Since April, Capturing Hopes Photography have been snapping several premature babies in the NICU for ‘Project: 100 Days’.
10. Little Adilynn weighed just 15 ounces when she was born and was smaller than an iPhone.
11. Capturing Hopes Photography is a charitable organization of volunteer professional photographers providing images for NICU families in the United States.
12. Baby Hayley weighed just 1 lb 5.9 oz when she was born at 27 weeks and four days due to preeclampsia. She was in the NICU for 84 days.
13. This little baby spent a month in NICU, weighing 4lbs 11oz when he was born.
14. Baby Andre was in the NICU for 130 days. He weighed 1lb 6oz when he was born 23 weeks and five days premature.
15. Olivia Beroth pictured with her twins Hunter and Tyson who weighed one lb, 12 oz at birth and spent 106 days in the NICU.
And here is the amazing video:
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