“Little” is one way to describe Cameron Kraft. But he's come a long way since his arrival into the world... 15 weeks early.
“He definitely was eager to come out and see everything,” says mom Erica.
The day he was born, he was barely bigger than a ballpoint pen. But eight and a half-months later, he's almost 14 pounds. And every day his family marvels at his progress.
“It's just amazing, night and day, from when he was born at 1 pound, 13 ounces…to now,” says dad Justin.
In an average week in Colorado, 158 babies are born preterm (at 33-36 weeks). 23 babies are born very preterm (less than 32 weeks). That’s according to Newborn Hope, a local organization designed to reduce the rate of premature births in Colorado and to support families with premature births.
And these babies can have lifelong health problems, including developmental delays and vision & hearing loss. But Cameron is doing just fine.
“Honestly, there's nothing wrong with him,” says Erika. “He's healthy brain, healthy eyes. He's just doing so wonderful from what could have been.”
The Krafts have been chosen as the feature family for Newborn Hope. They hope other families can find hope in their story.
“It seems like a very long journey and you just have to have that kind of that light at the end of the tunnel of, hey, it can work out great,” says Justin.
And each day those little things... mean big things ahead.
“He'll be a pilot someday or a star Olympic athlete,” says Dad.
“It's just endless possibilities for him,” says Mom.
For more information on Newborn Hope and the prevalence of premature births in Colorado, check out the link below.