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UPDATED: Friday December 28, 2012 6:41 PM

The staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital treats thousands of children every year, and researches the best ways to heal and save little lives.

Hunter Miller from Blacklick was one such patient who is now spending his first Christmas at home.

Hunter is Cassidy and Dewey's little miracle.  He was born too soon. 

When she was pregnant, Cassidy wound up in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with very high blood pressure. To save the baby, doctors had to deliver at 28 weeks.

"Of course, being that young, baby's lungs aren't ready, and the digestive system's not ready. He had a couple brain bleeds because of being born early," said Cassidy.

Their fragile son immediately was transferred to the newborn intensive care unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"Hunter spent 403 days in the NICU with Nationwide Children's, and they were like a family to us," said Cassidy.

Cassidy said Hunter was on a ventilator and feeding tube. 

Now that he is at home, he still gets oxygen and food through a tube and will for another year. His first year of life was touch and go. 

Throughout it all, the staff provided comfort and support until their medical skills, and Hunter's fighting spirit, brought him home.

"This children's hospital does save lives, and Hunter's proven to be one of them," added Cassidy.

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