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Two Year Old Defies the Odds

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Meet Ryker Crow. Looking at him now, you wouldn't think just two short years ago, he was fighting for his life.

Ryker was born at 28 weeks, and after being transferred to the Saint Vincent Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Ryker was placed on a ventilator and given a gastric feeding tube.

"He weighed 15 ounces and was 10 inches long. We owe a huge part of his progress to the NICU team and Dr. Stevens," said Ryker's mother, Tressa Crow.

After spending the first year of his life in the hospital, Ryker finally got to go home this summer.

"He's made major improvement since he's left the hospital. Like I said, I don't think he's on the ventilator much. I've seen pictures of him just running around free without the ventilator, which is amazing," says St. V's registered nurse, Liz Borders.

The little guy still deals with disorders common in premature infants. But his parents couldn't be any happier.

"He impresses the doctors I think, a lot," said Ryker's father, Chris.

Defined by some as a "miracle baby," Ryker ranks in the 85th percentile among premature babies, in both height and weight. Which leaves nothing but a bright future for this two year old and his joyful parents.