Less than two months after being released from the hospital, Ja’bari Gray celebrated his first birthday with the Baby Shark-themed party on New Year’s Day.
Eleven months after he was born, Ja’bari Gray was released from the hospital in November 2019 with an earlier prognosis by doctors that he would not survive. The baby boy, whose name means “fighter and warrior,” kept fighting.
“At three months of age, we were looking to plan a funeral,” said his mother Priscilla Maldonado when she brought her son home.
Ja’bari’s medical condition was not caught during pregnancy and never spotted on ultrasounds, ABC13 reported.
“Like, they gave him no chance, like, at all, and for him to jump that whole hurdle, they were amazed. So I’m going to let them know today that he came home,” she said.
“If it wasn’t his purpose to be here, he would have been gone from birth or even before birth, so he does have a purpose in this world and we never know what it is until the future,” Maldonado previously told ABC 13.