There’s nothing that can make you appreciate a “mother’s love” — and modern medicine — more than watching the transformation of baby born extremely premature through his first year of life.

Photographer and videographer Benjamin Scot of Columbus, Ohio, documented his son’s first days in the neonatal intensive care unit all the way to the moment when Ward Miles Scot celebrated his first birthday at home.

“He was born way too early, and the obstacles he had to overcome were really big, but not bigger than our God,” Scot wrote in the Vimeo video description.

The video begins with Ward Miles hooked up to a number of tubes and cords, dwarfing his tiny body. His mother, Lyndsey chokes up holding him for the first time.

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Mom holds her son for the first time. (Image source: Benjamin Scot/Vimeo)

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Benjamin Scot made the video for his wife’s birthday. (Image source: Benjamin Scot/Vimeo)

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No reason is given for why Ward Miles was born so early, but his progress in the hospital shows just how far medicine has come, helping preemies live to become healthy babies. (Image source: Benjamin Scot/Vimeo)

As time progressed, Ward becomes bigger, fatter, healthier. And within a year, he was a vibrant, smiling baby, making the milestones, like sitting up on his own, like any other healthy baby.

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Ward Miles after he was home from the hospital. (Image source: Benjamin Scot/Vimeo)

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Image source: Benjamin Scot/Vimeo

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Image source: Benjamin Scot/Vimeo

On Halloween day 2012, the Scots brought Ward Miles home, but Scot published the video only a couple weeks ago as birthday present for his wife.

“This is a story of a mother’s love for her baby,” Scot wrote.

“I want to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff all over the world that make it their life’s mission to help babies get better! It’s because of you that my son ever stood a chance to make it home!”

Take a look at the video — and grab some tissues:

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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