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The Virginia father-to-be who went viral earlier this month in a unique pregnancy announcement video made an emotional plea on Facebook, Tuesday. Arkell Graves is asking for prayers as he and his wife, Dana, deliver their son early, at 24 weeks.

The couple became an internet hit when Dana Graves posted video of her husband’s overwhelmed response at being told he would become a father after 17 years of trying, numerous miscarriages and a stillbirth.

Graves wrote that his wife is in critical care and “her body has endured all it can take.” He added that he’s thanking God “in advance for the miracle that is about to happen.”

UPDATE: Tuesday evening, the Graves family announced the birth of Kaleb Arkell.

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