Hunter Drayce Miller is the son of Dewey and Cassidy Miller. Hunter was born premature at 28 weeks on September 4, 2011 at 12:27 a.m. due to pregnancy complications. At the time of his birth Hunter weighed 2lbs 6 oz. and he was given a 50% chance of surviving. After the initial challenge of helping Hunter survive he would endure many more obstacles to include having heart surgery to repair the Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) at 10 days old, diagnosed with severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) lung disease, and severe asthma. Hunter spent just over six months on the ventilator and after numerous attempts to try C-PAP Hunter was finally able to get off the ventilator with the assistance of the Avatar C-PAP mask. Once on the Avatar mask Hunter would spend other five months with this mask until finally his lungs were strong enough to allow Hunter to use nasal canula (oxygen) which he still uses today. While on C4 NICU Hunter would also be diagnosed with several other issues to include a Level 1 Brain Bleed, Post Cord Granuloma, Gerd, Cerebral Palsy (CP), G-tube, and other issues. In total, Hunter spent 13 months (403 days) in the NICU and celebrated his first Birthday with family, nurses, and staff on C4. Although Hunter has faced many obstacles, all the staff on C4 played a key role in helping Hunter overcome all his challenges and in some cases allow him to thrive in this world. Hunter will be celebrating his 2nd birthday in September 2013.
During the hospital stay Hunter’s daddy was deployed with the Army National Guard in Washington D.C, the whole year.
Since September 2012 Dewey has returned home, and on October 10th 2012 Hunter went home for the very first time. He is at home on a liter and a half of oxygen 24 hours a day and a g-tube for feeding and a home care nursing. Hunter faces many obstacles still at home like therapies and many doctor appointments.
Hunter is now 4 1/2 years old and still has many medical problems due to being born early, since coming home from the NICU in 2012 he has been diagosed with Autism, Adrenal insuffincey, Seizure disorder, and hypoclimcia. Hunter contiues to see many specalist at NCH and therpist. We are forever greatful for the care Hunter recieved and contiues to receive at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. Thank you for saving our son’s life, forever grateful.