'He Wasn't Giving Up': Miracle Baby Survives After Being Given Less Than 1% Chance of Survival
Indiana family joins Ainsley Earhardt.
Rowan Breyts was given less than a one percent chance of survival when he was born prematurely and with an aggressive infectious disease that attacked his intestines.
Rowan's parents, Daniel Breyts and Jessica Novac, were told to start preparing for their son's funeral before they were even able to hold the boy.
Despite being given a slim chance of survival, Rowan has not only made it, but he's out of the hospital and will spend his first Christmas at home with his family.
Breyts and Novac -- along with now eight-month-old Rowan -- joined Ainsley Earhardt on "Fox & Friends" to share their moving story.
Novac said Rowan was born on April 11, nearly four months early. He was having trouble feeding, and near the end of May he was diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), which meant less than two percent of his intestines were viable.
"[Doctors] said that he wouldn't make it," Novac said. "It was pretty rough. And after that, we started planning, essentially, his funeral."
After a week, he seemed to be getting better, so they contacted Riley's Children Hospital in Indianapolis, which offered to take Rowan's case.
Breyts said he told his wife, "If he's not giving up, we won't give up."
Several days after arriving at Riley's, Rowan went into surgery, after which doctors had some incredible news.
"They told us that they saw a fair amount of viable intestine, actually. And that it would be a couple-month treatment of intestinal rest and medication, giving him time to try and catch up and grow," Breyts said.
Another surgery in July saved 71 centimeters of Rowan's intestine, which meant he would not need a transplant.
"Honestly, they think in a few short years, you won't even be able to recognize that he was one pound, six ounces when he was born," Breyts said.
Novac credited doctors, who she said "performed a miracle," and revealed she relied on her faith to help her through the tough times.
Breyts shared his hopes for his son now that he's beaten the odds: "We really just hope to watch him grow and to be a happy, healthy little boy, and have the opportunity as parents to be a family together."