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Couple Behind Viral Pregnancy Announcement Video Asks for Prayer for Preemie Son

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Oct 21
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A Virginia couple whose pregnancy announcement video went viral last month is now asking for prayer after their baby boy had to be delivered at only 24 weeks. 


In September, Dana Griffin-Graves posted a video her husband Arkell’s reaction to discovering his wife was 5 months pregnant. Graves broke down in tears; the couple had been trying to conceive throughout their 17 years of marriage and had suffered four miscarriages and had one stillborn child. 


The video quickly went viral, gaining over 9 million views. 


On Oct. 20, the couple updated their Facebook page with the following message: “Today, our baby will have to be delivered, at 24 weeks and one day. As Dana is in critical care, her body has endured all it can take. We are believing God. It’s always been in His Hands, so we hold on to Him. Please keep us in your prayers today and always. We apologize that we are unable to answer every call, text and message, but please know that we appreciate you. Help us thank Him in advance for the miracle that is about to happen.”


The couple named their son Kaleb after Caleb of the Bible


They wrote on Facebook, “Caleb was one of the spies sent by Moses to spy out the land of Canaan. Only Caleb and Joshua advised the Hebrews to proceed immediately to take the land; for his faith Caleb was rewarded with the promise that he and his descendants should possess it (Numbers 13-14). Well our Kaleb has spied out his place he will call home and will be rewarded with this promise call life!”


The Blaze reports the condition of mother and baby are unknown. 


Family member Melanie Griffin-Hamlin has asked the community to continue praying. 

“Now that the miracle has arrived, continue to keep Kaleb, Dana Griffin-Graves and Arkell Graves in your prayers,” she said.



Publication date: October 21, 2015