A beautiful photo of four newborns is making its way around the Internet today. In the photo, Amanda Sallaska poses with her four newborn babies, who are still in hospital after they were born prematurely at 25 weeks.
Alyssa, Carter, Miles and Bentley are shown in the photograph snuggled in stockings and clutching tiny candy canes for the photographs. They will spend Christmas in University or Colorado Hospital, near Denver and they will head home to their home in Kansas sometmie next year once they are strong enough.
Here’s the beautiful photo celebrating life and more on their story:
Smiling over them in one of the images is their mother, Amanda, who held all four of them at once for the first time in the photograph.
Amanda and her husband Grant, from Liberal, Kansas, feared the babies might not pull through when she went into labor early – and had to be flown 300 miles by helicopter to the nearest hospital.
The tiny babies – whom Grant and Amanda refer to as ‘true miracles’ – still live in an intensive care unit at the University of Colorado Hospital, near Denver, but are said to be doing well.
Alyssa, the heaviest of the four babies, weighed just 1lb 9oz when she was born. Carter weighed 1lb 7oz, Bentley 1lb 6oz and Bentley just 1lb 5oz, according to Denver’s 9News channel.
They also have a brother, five-year-old Landon, who travels to from home to the hospital with his dad every weekend to see his brothers and sisters, while Amanda stays in Colorado to be with them every day.
Though the babies won’t be able to come home until at least the new year, the family still plan on spending Christmas together at the hospital.
Speaking to the HLN television channel, Grant said the family’s Christmas plans are ‘just to be together’.
He said: ‘Christmas for us is about Jesus and family, and with all that has happened the last several months we just want to be together to celebrate the birth of our Savior and enjoy one other’s company as a family.’