Baby ‘graduates’ from NICU in tiny cap and gown


MOBILE, AL (CNN) – He cannot walk yet, but that did not stop an infant in Alabama from enjoying his graduation day.

The neonatal intensive care unit at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital held a graduation ceremony for Cullen Potter.

Cullen was born at 22 weeks and two days, weighing a little less than 14 ounces.

His parents said they were told he had a 2 percent chance of survival and would be disabled if he did live.

Now he weighs 5 pounds and 11 ounces and has been discharged from the hospital.

Before he left, his nurse carried the infant through the hallway to celebrate his big day.

Cullen’s mom Molli bought Cullen’s tiny cap and gown at a Build-a-Bear store.

A baby boy born at 22 weeks in our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) recently “graduated.” We love the cap and gown!

— USA C&W Hospital (@USACWHospital) August 24, 2018

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