The Virginia couple who went viral last year for the clever way the husband found out he was going to be a father has more good news. After nearly a year in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), baby Kaleb finally went home Tuesday.
Arkell and Dana Graves made headlines when she put hot dog buns in the oven to announce the news that he was going to be a dad. The video of Graves’ reaction warmed hearts around the world. But just a couple of weeks later, Dana Graves — who had learned she had extremely high blood pressure — was forced to deliver their son at 24 weeks. Graves had held on as long as she could, despite doctors orders, to give Kaleb a fighting chance at life.
Kaleb was born with a host of health concerns, namely frequent lung problems and persistent pulmonary hypertension.
Supporters of the couple followed their progress and their pain on a page devoted to Kaleb’s journey.
Tuesday, the couple finally took their son home. “Baby Buns” as he’s called, due to the unique pregnancy reveal, was born weighing in at just 13 ounces. Now Kaleb weighs exactly 13 pounds. Sporting an “NICU graduate” jacket, Kaleb rode home in a chauffeured car with a news reporter broadcasting his journey home live.
Kaleb promptly fell asleep amid all of the excitement during the ride home.