Most parents don’t see their kid in a cap and gown until high school graduation, but Alli and Cody Pate say their son Noah is used to doing things ahead of schedule.
“He has shown us he’s a fighter. Nothing is going to hold him back, Nothing is going to stop him,” said Alli.
He was born in a South Carolina hospital at 22 weeks and 5 days, weighing just slightly more than one pound.
“Even right after he was born, he was trying to punch and hit the nurses who were trying to hook him up, he would swat at them and everything,” said Alli.
Alli and Cody were told that their son Noah had just a seven percent chance of survival at that age, but against the odds, he pulled through. Once he was healthy enough, Alli and Noah were flown to URMC to be closer to Cody, who’s stationed at Fort Drum.
“Words can’t describe it. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” said Cody.
This is just the first of hopefully many graduations of Noah’s they plan on attending
“We actually get to do it and go home, we never thought this day was going to come but here it is,” said Alli.
This isn’t the first 22-week-old baby that’s come out of Strong’s NICU but they’ve all come from different hospitals since strong’s viability cut-off is after that date.