Survival

Boy with almost no chance of survival marks 1st birthday

Liam Stephenson and his family are celebrating a significant milestone that not many believed he would reach after he spent his first weeks of life fighting to live at a Georgia NICU. Stephenson was born with bacterial meningitis, and awarded only a 5 percent probability of survival.”They gave him a 5 percent probability of living, and when he did he was not likely to have the ability to hear good, talk, crawl or walk,” Jana Blankenship, Stephenson’s aunt, told Fox 5 Atlanta.

After spending a month at Erlanger Hospital’s NICU, and returning over 10 days after being discharged because of seizures, the boy has got almost ideal hearing, and can say “mama” and “dad,” Blankenship said.”The bleeding in his mind is no more there and the seizures have stopped,” she told Fox 5 Atlanta. Blankenship said the family thinks that it was the prayers.”I want to think it was due to you all and those prayers Liam would be celebrating his first birthday,” she explained.

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