From a tiny, fragile premature newborn to a chubby cheeked, healthy three-month-old boy, a slideshow documenting the transformation of little Walker Pruett makes for heartwarming viewing.
Walker was born on April 25 when his mother was only 26 weeks pregnant. He weighed just 539 grams, and the tiny boy’s parents could not even hold their precious son until he was five days old.
But slowly the little boy grew stronger and eventually began breathing and feeding on his own.
The early months of Walker’s life were captured and made into a time-lapse video by volunteer photographers at Capturing Hopes Photography. The video is part of the group’s Project 100 Days series, which records the growth of premature babies in American neonatal intensive care units during the babies’ first 100 days.
Walker was the first baby to have his intensive care journey captured as part of the project, but he was only photographed until 80 days, as that is when he was healthy enough to be allowed to go home with his parents.
Capturing Hopes Photography connects professional photographer volunteers with families who have children in hospital. It was founded by Deneen Bryan, whose four-month-old daughter Christina died in the 1990s.