We’ve been following the story of Dana Griffin-Graves ever since she surprised her husband Arkell with the news that she was expecting their first child with a video of a bun in the oven that went viral. The couple had experienced 4 miscarriages and 1 stillbirth in their quest to become parents, so Arkell’s excited response to his wife’s pregnancy announcement warmed our hearts and made us so incredibly happy for the couple.
Unfortunately due to dangerously high blood pressure that doctors feared could kill Dana, she delivered the couple’s son, Kaleb Arkell Graves at just 24 weeks weighing only 13 ounces! In an interview with 8News, the couple reveal how both Dana and baby Kaleb are doing, and give us our first glimpse at the baby we’ve come to know as ‘baby buns’. When asked how her son, who now weighs one pound 5 ounces was doing, Dana replied “Kaleb, he is doing fantastic.”
“If someone would have told me six weeks ago when I was laying in the hospital bed and I was in the ICU department, that I would be here today, I wouldn’t believe it.”
When little Kaleb was born he had only a five percent chance of survival, but he seems to beating all the odds. Even though his premature birth was scary for both Dana and Arkell, they can’t help but both feel blessed by their son. When asked their son Arkell said “God is good. He’s a miracle. Kaleb is a miracle.”
The couple divides their time at the hospital with their son, with Arkell spending the mornings with Kaleb and Dana the afternoons. She told 8News that she often spends hours just reading to her son the thousands of positive and encouraging messages the couple have received on the facebook page devoted to their story. Dana says hearing other people’s story is inspiring to her.
“It’s just amazing to know that we have so many people in our corner, so many people that have gone through the same thing and it’s just because of God’s grace.”
Arkell says that the family appreciates the prayers that everyone has been sending their way, and is overwhelmed by them.
“I’m very humbled to the fact that so many people are praying for us and the prayers are actually working. We can actually feel them. They’re amazing.”
Kaleb has a long road ahead of him so Dana and Arkell ask that the public continue to send their prayers of support.