345 days. That's how long Trevor Frolick's mother, Becky, and the rest of his family spent waiting and hoping that he would get to know the meaning of life outside of hospital walls. In the ABC exposé below, the touching story of Trevor, who was born 16-weeks prematurely in August 2014, sheds light on the efforts required by many to give him a fighting chance at survival. His odds, however, were significantly stacked agains't him.
344 days prior to his release, and weighing in at just over one pound, Trevor Frolick's life hung in the balance. Though the hospital he was born in was never stated in the interview, Becky recalls the time after his birth being an "hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute" affair. According to statistics
from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Trevor's chance for survival without moderate to severe neurodevelopmental impairment was roughly 8%. His odds of not pulling through at all? A disheartening 75%.
Fortunately, this story has a happy, albeit bittersweet ending. For the Frolick's, nearly a year of angst and anxiety over the uncertainty of Trevor's future was put to rest as he was cleared to be released, and therefore afforded his first opportunity to live in his true home. For the doctors, nurses, and caretakers, however, the bond that was created between them and Trevor would be left with a void.
"Our place is going to feel a whole lot different without him here," one of the unnamed workers replied when discussing Trevor's exodus from the hospital. The truth is that they can take solace in knowing that this miracle baby will be able to live a loving life thanks to their care and attention. Without their tireless work, it's probable that Trevor may never have been afforded the opportunity to see his oldest sister's room, or to ever meet his newest sister, whom Becky's expecting to be born just a few weeks after Trevor's long overdue, and much celebrated homecoming.