Couple from viral pregnancy announcement asks for prayers after baby born 16 weeks early

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — The mother behind a pregnancy announcement that went viral earlier this month has given birth to her child 16 weeks early.

According to their social media update, Kaleb Arkell Graves was born yesterday at 24 weeks and one day.

Yesterday, Kaleb’s mother Dana Griffin-Graves was in critical care at the hospital.

Her husband, Arkell, whose reaction to his wife’s news was filmed and posted to YouTube, posted on Facebook saying,

Today, our baby will have to be delivered, at 24 weeks and one day. As Dana is in critical care, her body has endured all it can take. We are believing God. It's always been in His Hands, so we hold on to Him. Please keep us in your prayers today and always

Today Dana posted an update saying:

When I arrived in the Intensive care unit over a week ago, they told me in order to save my life, I had to terminate his, My blood pressure was 223/113 but I couldn't...he was my miracle an I had to give him a fighting chance to make it. Daily I was told how my chances of survival were declining because of my heart functions and chronic blood pressure.

With only a 5% chance of survival, Kaleb is here. I'm grateful to God, my wonderful husband Arkell and my amazing family.


Dana and Arkell started trying to have kids after they got married 17 years ago. But it has not been easy. After delivering a stillborn baby at six months, and four miscarriages, the couple decided to let go of their dream of being parents.

Time passed and Dana 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’s five months pregnant.

Dana surprised Arkell by putting 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.  Dana filmed the reveal and the couple found themselves in the spotlight.

Dana added a message on Facebook to those who supported the family saying:

I want to thank everyone for the constant prayers, Please keep praying. We are asking God to finish this & give us a healthy son. I count it all done.  I appreciate everyone whose followed our journey. ‪#‎TEAMKALEB!!

You can watch the original video of Arkell's reaction below.


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