Karter King wasn't expected to survive the first week of his life, but after 260 days in the hospital he reached an important milestone. As of Wednesday, Karter was taken off a ventilator and is breathing completely on his own.
Karter was born on August 27, 2019, fourteen weeks premature. He weighed just over one pound and was 10.5 inches.
At the end of December he had to have a tracheostomy to help with his breathing. Karter has suffered multiple blood infections and bouts of pnuemonia, and has had a number of procedures.
In February, Karter graduated from the NICU at Cook Children's to the transitional care unit.
His family calls Carter their "little fighter."
Despite all of his health issues and setbacks, though, his mom says Karter is the happiest baby ever.
And the best news -- he should be headed home soon.
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