Premature Baby Finally Gets To Go Home


It's an inspiring story of survival and support. After months of waiting a couple can finally take their little boy home.

In a room full of nurses baby Jared is a true ladies man.

"I want to hold him," is a common phrase heard in this room.

As he gets lovingly passed around, it's hard to think the 14 pound big baby boy wasn't always this... big.

"Tiny, real small, fit in my hands," said Jessica & Trent Usasz, his parents. At birth he weighed one pound, five ounces.

Jared was born in February. He was five months early.

"It's so hard to believe a baby was that small, but he was fighting," said Jessica.

Even at that size, Jared came into the world with an unbreakable will to live.

"He has persevered through things that I in 28 years have never seen a baby get through," said Rachele Campbell, NICU Nurse.

Each medical hurtle and obstacle he was able to overcome. And a few weeks ago, his high school sweetheart parents were told they could finally take him home.

"I didn't think I would ever hear those words," said Trent.

He will still have to wear a few tubes to breath, but home is where he is finally going. But tonight, he is surrounded by presents, tears and he even gets a first taste of cake.

NICU nurses coo over him, each knowing they saved a life. But what many of them don't realize, "It wasn't just them taking care of him, he actually showed them how to be strong, and what it is to preserve," said Jessica.

So tonight is a happy 'see you later' and not goodbye, even though some leave him with words of encouragement.

"There is nothing you can't conquer, there is nothing you can't do, don't go for the bunt, hit the home run," said Campbell.

Jared to date is one of the smallest babies the Nebraska Medical Center has even seen.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WOWT NBC Omaha 3501 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 346-6666 sixonline@wowt.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 232609761