Earlier this week, we told you that Arkell Graves and Dana Graves-Griffin delivered a baby boy they named Kaleb Arkell Graves. And we promised to keep you updated about their progress.
Yesterday, the couple spoke to People magazine about the high risk pregnancy, the birth and the sacrifice Dana put her body through to give birth to the couple’s son.
Kaleb Arkell Graves was delivered through cesarean section on Tuesday.
Little Kaleb had to be delivered 16 weeks because he was causing Dana all types of health issues.
Arkell told People, “Kaleb had his mom’s blood pressure very, very high, to the point that it was putting her health at risk. The doctors came in every day and explained the risk of continuing to hold him inside.”
Dana ignored the health problems and carried the baby until he reached a period where he would have the best chance of survival outside of the womb.
“She refused to go on with the delivery until it was a time where they could actually take care of him in the neonatal intensive care unit. I’m going to tell you, just looking at my wife, it was the most selfless thing I have ever seen somebody do…I’ve always respected my wife, always loved her, but the way I look at her now, I cant even describe. The love was there at first, but now I don’t even think Webster has a word for the love I feel now.”
After delivery, Dana was in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable.
At the time he spoke to the magazine, Dana had just come from visiting Kaleb, whose condition is still listed as critical.
Arkell and Dana have been very appreciative and grateful to their supporters, posting thank yous and updates on their Facebook page. Still, he asked that people continue to pray for them and baby Kaleb.
“It’s amazing because you can never get enough prayer,” Arkell says. “We ask everybody to continue to pray because we’ve still got an uphill battle as far as his situation, and I’m just blessed to just have him here thus far.”
They’re certainly in our thoughts and prayers. If you visit the couple’s Facebook page, you’ll see how people who have been following their story are posting encouraging messages and even pictures of children living and thriving, though they were born prematurely. It’s certainly possible and we’re wishing baby Kaleb, Dana and Arkell all the best.