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Baby Miles continues getting stronger at home

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)

Baby Miles, also known as Smiles, a baby Grizzlies fan, is 13 months old and looking good after putting on some weight.

His mother worried before he was born after finding out he had Downs Syndrome.

“When I was pregnant with him, how he would be viewed by society if people would accept him and love him and see how special he was.” Amanda McCollum said. 

McCollum didn’t have to worry.

He’s easy to love, even if you don’t know Miles. A picture of him posted in his Grizzlies gear posted on Facebook by the Memphis Grizzlies got 14 thousand likes.

“To see people like the Grizzlies reach out and give him extra attention to these children is just heartwarming,” McCollum said.

No doubt Baby Miles has grit and grind after spending most of his 13 months at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

The last visit was 80 days. Miles has a rare lung disease that his parents didn’t know about when he was born.

He had a heart operation and right now his lung disease is in check.

“Trying to care for him with his special needs is pretty overwhelming for our family,” McCollum said. 

Miles has a three-year-old brother. Amanda and her husband both work, so they need special daycare for Baby Miles. That gets pretty expensive,but they said they wouldn't trade any of it.

“I can truly say he is a joy and a delight to our home. He’s a blessing, not a burden.” 

Amanda McCollum’s sister set up a Gofundme page for Miles to help with his care. If you would like to help, click here.

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