DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- Six months after the premature birth of their son, Dana Griffin-Graves and her husband Arkell are sharing sobering news about their little boy's fight.
"I know that the scripture says that God will never put more on us than we can bear," Dana posted on the Arkell & Dana’s Baby Bun Facebook fan page. “We have heard since our journey began in the NICU six months ago that this would be a "roller coaster". Some days we enjoy the ride to the fullest, seeing the progress and watching our miracle flourish right in front of our eyes. But the past twenty-four hours have been so tough. We had a medical team meeting and the doctors did not give us promising news. Although Kaleb's respiratory needs are improving, his heart and lungs are worsening. No more medication can help and there is no surgery that can fix the issues. So we are truly depending on God to be the Healer that we know Him to be. Arkell and I are very tired, scared, and hurting, but we still have our faith."
The couple is asking folks to pray for their son.
"We expect another miracle," the post reads.
Viral Baby Announcement
Kaleb was born October 20, 16 weeks before his due date and just a few days after the announcement of his “miracle conception” went viral on social media.
Dana and Arkell, of Dinwiddie, made international headlines in October when they posted their emotional pregnancy video online. Dana said she and her husband started trying to have kids after they got married 17 years ago, but gave up after delivering a stillborn baby at six months and four miscarriages.
While the couple adopted son Keelyn, who they recently referred to as their first miracle, they believed they would never have a biological child of their own.
As time passed and their hearts began to heal, Dana recently started walking with her friends, but she wasn’t losing weight like they were. So she went to the doctor. That’s when she found out she was five months pregnant.
“I was ecstatic,” she said. “We hadn’t planned anything, we weren’t trying.”
So she started thinking of a way to surprise her husband with the news. The mommy-to-be put literal buns in the oven, and next to the buns, she placed a sonogram picture. When Arkell realized he’s going to be a dad, his reaction was perfect.