Bennett is HOME

If you are unfamiliar with this story, I first met Kelly Frey and her husband Jason when I photographed their maternity session in mid-September. It was a very uncertain time for them as their unborn son, Bennett, was giving a grim prognosis and was not expected to live after birth.

On Tuesday, September 22nd I witnessed a miracle when Bennett Ryan was born not only breathing on his own, but relatively stable.

I visited with Kelly, Jason and Bennett when he was one week old and still in the NICU at Children’s Hospital. I have been unable to visit with Bennett recently because my children were sick and I didn’t want to take any chances at passing any germs to this sweet baby. I was hoping to visit him this week, but I came down with the flu, so it will have to wait.

Last evening my heart leapt with joy when I received an email from Jason, at seven weeks of age, BENNETT IS HOME!! He sent the picture below in his email and stated, “Overall, Bennett’s health is very good, and we will wait to see how he develops.  We have many more appointments in the upcoming months which will tell more about what we might expect, but it really doesn’t matter as we sit and hold him in his home.”

Bennett Ryan

Praise God for this miracle!!  Kelly and Jason have been very moved by all of the comments on the blog, so keep ‘em coming. I am willing myself to get better as soon as possible so I can spend some time with them. What a thrill.

Sara-Summer Oliphant - November 12, 2009 - 1:08 pm

What a true miracle. My prayers continue to be with them!

Leeann - November 12, 2009 - 1:16 pm

Amazing! Their story is simply so wonderful – I love following with your posts, Heather! Thank you and God Bless them!!

Kristin Cole - November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

I think the whole city is praying for this little guy! He is beautiful. There’s no place like HOME!!!!

Stacie - November 12, 2009 - 1:43 pm

The tears just flow from eyes with such joy for the family! My prayers continue to be with you as your blessings keep runnith over!

Dee Casali - November 12, 2009 - 1:45 pm

What a beautiful baby!!! God has blessed us all with this wonderful journey of life. Thanks for sharing!

Beth - November 12, 2009 - 3:24 pm

Absolutely wonderful news! I am thrilled for them, and God continue to bless this family. What a true miracle!!

Becky - November 12, 2009 - 3:37 pm

So excited to read this!!! ;) Hope you feel better soon so you can go visit this amazing family!

Lisa Jenkins - November 12, 2009 - 7:08 pm

Thank you so much for sharing with us. It’s such a beautiful, moving story. I cry tears of absolute joy every time. And he is such a beautiful baby!! Thanks again for sharing this miracle.

Marie - November 12, 2009 - 8:16 pm

I am so very happy to see the newest pic of Bennett and to find out that he is where he should be, at home in the loving arms of Mommy and Daddy. Thank God!!! So very very happy for you, Kelly, Jason and Bennett!! I have been anxiously awaiting the latest word. Thanks Heather!

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Linda B - November 12, 2009 - 10:55 pm

What a beautiful picture. So many of us have been anxiously waiting to hear some news of Bennett and Mom and Dad. Many prayers have been answered and continue to be. Simply awesome!! Thank you Heather and Kelly and Jason for allowing all of us who care to be a part of Bennett’s amazing life.

Jeannette - November 12, 2009 - 11:12 pm

What an absolutely fabulous miracle Bennett is! Just amazing! Having spent several weeks in the NICU with my youngest (now almost 3) I know the ups and downs that can come with each day. Looks like he came home with an apnea monitor. I pray for strength for Bennett as well as for his parents. God has him held dearly in his hands and is doing a magnificent work in his body & life. Can’t wait to see more pics of him. He’s simply precious! Enjoy each and every moment with him. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Many blessings!

Stephanie - November 13, 2009 - 9:42 am

He is beautiful!! Miracles do happen…best wishes and many prayers are sent out to you and your lil guy!

tinare - November 13, 2009 - 10:16 am

That’s awesome! So happy for them!

Susie - November 13, 2009 - 10:50 am

This is the best news I have heard in a very long time. I pray for Bennett to continue to grow strong and healthy. I know God is watching over this loving family. I’m so happy for them that he is home!

a preemie mom - November 13, 2009 - 11:13 am

A week after my son was born, doctors told us that he had two brain injuries, one severe enough that they recommended pulling the plug. Today he is six, reading on a fifth-grade level, and overall happy and healthy. The brain is very plastic, and I recommend taking fish oil if you are nursing, and baby massage if you can. Pittsburgh has amazing early intervention services, and I have seen them do miraculous things. There is always hope, and I send you all my fervent best wishes. Bennett is testament to the power of prayer and good will, what a gift.

Melanie Brletic - November 13, 2009 - 11:20 am

I am so glad that Bennett is home, he is a beautiful baby and I am praying for your family. God bless!

paula tomlinson - November 13, 2009 - 11:26 am

I have been praying for Baby Bennett and anxiously awaiting updates. We are all witnessing a true miracle and what a blessing for Kelly & Jason. This is the best news ever!

LB - November 13, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Baby Bennett has shown us all the grace of God. Thank you for the update as I wonder about him, Kelly and Jason often. This is the best and most wonderful kind of news and I hope and pray that these positive updates continue until Baby Bennett gets old enough to tell us all to please stop calling him “Baby” Bennett!! :0)

Paula A. Klocek - November 13, 2009 - 12:50 pm

Dear Kelly and Jason,

I pray for the very best for your baby. I watch WTAE 4 News everyday, and I love Kelly and her great personality. I believe that God works in mysterious ways and that he will heal your baby and bring you all the joy you and your husband deserve. I am praying for your baby and all the prayers from around the county will help heal your new baby boy.
Congratulations and the very best to you, your husband and that
Can’t wait to see you back on Channel 4 News!!!!

Leah - November 13, 2009 - 1:58 pm

What an amazing blessing! Prayers to Jason, Kelly, and Bennett as he continues to get stronger and grow. This is such a miracle and such a touching story. Praise God!

Melissa - November 13, 2009 - 2:08 pm

I am so happy to hear that you were able to bring your son home. What a true blessing. I think about your family often and hope only the best for you.

Cecilia - November 13, 2009 - 3:05 pm

Praise the Lord for this blessing! What a beautiful boy Bennett is and I am sure he is a joy for Kelly and Jason to have home with them. All three of them have been in my prayers since Bennett was born and I am so happy to hear that Bennett is doing so well. He will continue to be in my prayers for continued healing, strength and growth. And I will wait to see Kelly back on the air as soon as she is ready!

Craig and Mashel Rathmell - November 13, 2009 - 3:25 pm

We are still lifting you both up in prayer. Bennett is such a doll and we can’t wait to one day meet him.

Nancy - November 13, 2009 - 3:45 pm

I’m so glad to hear the Bennett is home. I can only pray that the future brings as much happiness and his homecoming. God be with you all.

Jennifer Schiemer - November 13, 2009 - 4:28 pm

YAY Bennett! (Notice how his little legs don’t quite fill the pants – LOVE IT!)

Mary B. - November 13, 2009 - 4:32 pm

Kelly, Jason, and little Bennett, we continue to rejoice with you.

Holly - November 13, 2009 - 5:17 pm

God is good! I have been praying for Bennett since I heard about your story and I am so happy he is home! May god continue to bless all of you!

Mia - November 13, 2009 - 5:48 pm

I was so hoping to get word of the baby. My husband and I just spoke about this last night and wondered how he was doing. My goodness he is just beautiful. Our prayers have been this family.

Beth - November 13, 2009 - 6:35 pm

God works in mysterious ways. I”m so happy for you and will continue to pray for all of you.

Lisa Beatty - November 13, 2009 - 9:14 pm

What a miracle! He is so beautiful. May god continue to watch over you and bless your family. Your in my prayers.

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Wendie M Mudd - November 14, 2009 - 9:32 am

What a lovely update. I’ve been thinking about Bennett and his parents. God bless you all!

Eva Nucci - November 14, 2009 - 10:35 am

I am SO happy for this update! I have been wondering how everyone was doing. Bennett is as BEAUTIFUL as can be-he truly is an angel from God. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

kathy vlk - November 14, 2009 - 10:50 am

kelly and jason how wonderful to have bennett home..its so cute.

PJ - November 14, 2009 - 1:53 pm

What great news…gives new meaning to “Home for the holidays”….what a great gift.All the best to your family.

Kimberly Halula - November 15, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Bennett is so beautiful! Thank you for keeping everyone update! He truly is a miracle and it just goes to show everyone to have FAITH and that through OUR PRAYERS we can all help each other. MAY GOD BLESS AND WATCH OVER BENNETT AND HIS FAMILY!

Tiffany Bender - November 15, 2009 - 5:12 pm

PRAISE GOD!!!! I have tears of joy for Kelly and Jason to have their sweet boy at home!

Jacqueline - November 15, 2009 - 10:59 pm

This is the best thing I’ve heard today. Bless your family. My son’s name is Bennett and he is 9 years old. Wonderful name. Many prayers to Bennett.

Melissa - November 16, 2009 - 7:47 am

I am so happy to hear the news your little miracle is home! I have prayed and thought of you often.

I know it is a personal story but I am so thankful you share it with us.

Beth Painter - November 16, 2009 - 12:23 pm

Every day is another miracle. Praise God for your beautiful baby coming home!!!
Continued prayers for all of you.

Kim Cole - November 16, 2009 - 3:44 pm

Wonderful news! Keep up the faith. God works in mysterious ways. My son was born 3 months early and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Through continuous effort on everyone’s part, he is such a thriving 12 year old in regular school, no wheelchair and the biggest heart I have ever come across. Your son is beautiful in everyway. May God continue to bless your family.

Monica - November 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

This is excellent news! Praise be to God! Bennett, Kelly and Jason – you all will continue to be in my prayers.

Cynthia - November 17, 2009 - 12:12 pm

I am just thrilled that your son is home! God Bless This wonderful family!!

Kathy Spence - November 17, 2009 - 1:57 pm

We think of you each day and keep you all in our prayers. What a wonderful thing that you have Baby Bennett home with you! All of us in the Pittsburgh Community and many far away are praying for you and you beautiful son!

Stacey - November 17, 2009 - 6:52 pm

Prayers answered. BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. This precious boy is exactly that. So, so happy for all of you.

Gauden - November 17, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Kelly and Jason,

What a beautiful little miracle. WoW! Nothing is too big for the Almighty God. He is able. Keep believing and trusting in Him.
We will keep praying for your precious little Bennett.
God bless you and remember, “With God All Things Are Possible”

The Gauden’s

Marie - November 19, 2009 - 2:08 pm

What a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!! Think about you often. So so many reasons for thanksfullness. God Bless both you and your husband. The angels are doing a wonderful job of looking over your precious son. May God continue to keep your family in his care and enjoy the moments!!!

Joan Lapyczak - November 19, 2009 - 2:38 pm

I was so very thrilled to see that Bennett is home. I have been trying to follow up on their story. This is truly a miracle and I am so very happy for them. I pray for them every day.

Anita - November 20, 2009 - 10:36 am

That is wonderful that Bennett is home. God Bless your family and enjoy your holiday season with your precious baby.

Amy - November 20, 2009 - 11:06 am

Woohoo..I am sooo happy that he is home. That is the best place to be. Thank you for sharing this wonderful little miracle of yours . He is truly a blessing from God.

Amy C. - November 20, 2009 - 1:39 pm

Welcome Home & Happy Thanksgiving to Kelly , Jason and baby Bennett! My family has been praying for all of you since we read the first article in the PG. Enjoy this Holiday Season! Thank you Heather for the wonderful photos and updates, & to Kelly & Jason for sharing with Pittsburgh!

Diane - November 20, 2009 - 1:56 pm

Jason & Kelly, All our prayers have been answered!!!!!! Praise God! We are all so happy to hear that your dear little baby, Bennett, is home with you for the holidays!!! May he continue to have good health. Our thoughts & prayers are with you always!

Linda Hughes - November 20, 2009 - 8:20 pm

Wonderful news to Kelly, Jason and precious Bennett…so happy for all of you and so excited that you are going to experience your first Holidays together.
Lots of hugs and kisses to Bennett.

Dianna - November 20, 2009 - 9:22 pm

God surely has blessed you with your son. I pray you have your special moments as mommy and daddy. Have a wonderful holiday. God Bless You All and also may God belss you wonderful people who take the time to care and share your love. Dianna

Robyn Tongel - November 21, 2009 - 12:58 am

Kelly and Jason,You sweet baby,Bennett is the the most wonderful miracle and I hold you all very dear to my heart. I will never forget meeting you at the first Pitt football game this year( I was the redhead that stopped you to talk).My hope was that the Lord would somehow use me to comfort you, but in turn you ended up comforting me and my own family more than you may know. Kelly, as we hugged goodbye, I knew what an amazing mother you were already as you doted on your son before he was born and said, “It’s his first Pitt game, you know.” God is just so good and I couldn’t be more excited for you all as you share your first holidays together.

Leslie - November 21, 2009 - 9:17 am

Miracles do happen and I’m glad Bennett is home with you both and I am wishing you the very best for the future. He is in my prayers. God Bless, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Debra - November 21, 2009 - 6:03 pm

I’ve been praying for ur familly.
Not only have i watched u on the news,but we went to
highschool together back east! Now I live in Pittsburgh
like you and came to love the city! Well, just wanted to say
God Bless and take care.

Kelly - November 21, 2009 - 9:13 pm

Kelly: I just saw the preview for Monday’s 5pm broadcast (11-23-09) & I eagerly searched online for an update as I had lost track. PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!! GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!!! Congratulations to you & your husband on your beautiful miracle boy! God is a healer AND a miracle worker! KNOW that ALL things ARE POSSIBLE in Christ! So glad to hear that Bennett is home w/you. What a GREAT Thanksgiving present! Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving & Christmas! Enjoy your son!
Many Blessing! God Bless!

Michele - November 21, 2009 - 9:58 pm

What wonderful, joyful news! May God continue to bless you all. Bennett is a beautiful baby!

Erin - November 22, 2009 - 1:51 am

God bless all of you. You’ve been through something most of us cannot imagine. Your strength is inspiring. My prayers are with you on your new journey as a new mother of Bennett Ryan. Rejoice in every moment. He is your beautiful boy!

jodie - November 22, 2009 - 7:50 pm

Kelly,Jason & Baby Bennett~ Im sooooo Happy to hear that Bennett is home were he belongs with his mommy & daddy. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures.They are so beautiful.And speaking of beautiful,Bennett is a beautiful,handsom,goodlooking little boy. Im so glad that hes going to be home for Christmas and Thanksgiving.You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. You and your husband got/have the GREATEST gift ever.Thanks to Heather for taking such BEAUTIFUL pictures,they are just so BREATH TAKING!!! I bet that you are taking alot of pictures of him….The camera really loves him! Congratulations Kelly and Jason.

Donna - November 22, 2009 - 9:42 pm

What a wonderful miracle for Kelly and Jason and their families. What a wonderful turn of events going from grim in the beginning to completely uplifting. I hope everything goes well in the future for all of them. God bless!!

Mary Fran - November 23, 2009 - 12:18 am

HAPPY THANKSGIVING Kelly, Jason and Bennett!! May GOD continue to Bless your family! You will be in my prayers….

Patty Sanchez - November 23, 2009 - 8:03 am

I just wanted to say I saw Bennett’s story this morning on the news and I have been wondering how both Kelly and Bennett and Jason of course were doing. I travel for my job and don’t always get the opportunity to see the news and the WTAE morning show is the only one I watch especially because of Kelly, love to see her in the morning, because no matter what the news she always can make you smile. I am positive I was supposed to be home this morning and later today to see this story as it is one of inspiration and joy. This little boy is truly a miracle and gives all of us hope that we can face anything. Bennett is a miracle and a blessing and thanks for sharing his story with us.
Patty Sanchez

Ruth - November 23, 2009 - 8:26 am

I cried tears of joy this morning before leaving for work when I saw the news report that Bennett was home. Your family has much to celebrate this Thanksgiving. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

Kimberly Anderson - November 23, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Thank you for updating Bennett’s story. He is beautiful and a true miracle. Prayers from our family to Kelly, Jason and Bennett.

Leah - November 23, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Dear Kelly and Jason and Sweet Little Bennett,

I cried when I saw your interview at noon today. How precious is he, is unmeasurable. My thoughts and prayers have been with you since I first heard about Bennett and I will continue to hold you close to my heart. Positive thoughts from New Stanton will continue for all of your darling family.


Lena - November 23, 2009 - 3:30 pm

With God all things are possible, May God continue to Bless you my prayers will continue to go on for you Kelly,Jason and Bennett
Much Love

Paulette Szwast - November 23, 2009 - 7:00 pm

My best wishes to Kelly and family. I have been watching for news ever since she announced her delivery. He is a very precious gift from God and I belileve God works in mysterious ways and does miracles every day. My prayers are there for them all for a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Becky Cratty - November 23, 2009 - 7:07 pm

What a touching story! Makes us all realize how lucky we are and that mircales do happen!
Wishing Bennett —a happy healthy life!

Sherri Reddy - November 23, 2009 - 7:07 pm

My heart is just so full of love and excitement for the wonderful outcome for your family. God Bless you and your beautiful baby.

Fran - November 23, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Kelly and Jason, enjoy this miracle, for however long you have him! None of us knows what tomorrow brings, just love him, love each other, and be incredibly happy! What a wonderful child you have brought into the world. Look at all the wonderful comments, how touched people have been. Perhaps we needed something good and pure to focus on, and you have provided that! I will continue to pray daily for your family.

Lori Striegel - November 23, 2009 - 7:14 pm

Dear Kelly & Family,

I have been wondering and praying for you since the day I watched when you told everyone about your son. I am so glad that you have him home. He is adorable. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving with Bennett !! Best Wishes, Lori

Luann - November 23, 2009 - 7:22 pm

Praise God! Bennett is a true miracle. I’m sure he will continue to do the impossible. I will keep him in my prayers.

Pat - November 23, 2009 - 7:38 pm

He is a beautiful little angel… God Bless All of you and keep you in His care….

Barb - November 23, 2009 - 7:51 pm

Dear Kelly & Jason, God is so good! What a beautiful baby boy! I will keep Bennett in my prayers. God can move mountains and I know He can heal Bennett…He has a plan – put your trust in Him!

melissa mckay - November 23, 2009 - 7:53 pm

Congrats on your little angel. He is very cute. My daughter and I miss seeing kelly on the morning news we watch it every morning.

Bill H. - November 23, 2009 - 8:10 pm

Kelly & Jason:
I live in Johnstown and watch WTAE most of the time. Was very happy to hear about Bennett. GOD Bless you all, and will be praying for all three of you.

angie johnston - November 23, 2009 - 8:15 pm

Bennett is absolutely gorgeous!!! He is God’s angel on earth…May he be blessed with continued good health and may God’s blessings reach you and your family. Enjoy your miracle…and may you create many, many treasured memories. God Bless your family!

Pat Morgan - November 23, 2009 - 8:24 pm

You are blessed. My prayers are with little Bennett and your family. He is so beautiful.

Kim - November 23, 2009 - 8:46 pm

Truly a Thanksgiving miracle for this special couple and their beautiful son. My heart goes out to them as I watch the video and cry tears of joy for them. God bless and enjoy your son.

Jane Medsger - November 23, 2009 - 9:01 pm

I was not aware of the problems you were having. Watched you often on the news and always admired what a beautiful person you are but never realized until tonight when I saw the report on the news that there was a problem. Our God is an awesome God and works miracles every day. Bennett is a beautiful little boy and I will pray every day for his health to improve. Thank you for showing people that miracles do happen. Blessings to your husband and you and Bennett. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Happy Thanksgiving.

Janet - November 23, 2009 - 9:11 pm

God Bless you all. Bennett is such a beautiful baby. May God continue to bless your family.

Carlene - November 23, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Kelly & jason I’m so happy for you. He truly is a miracle!!! However I’m not surprised knowing how much Kelly wanted a child. I can still remember the day you shared your sorrow with all of the viewers early morning – I was one of them. I wept that day and remember going to work asking if anyone had watched it. Everyone wanted to know what it was and the prognosis. I said it’s usually not good but time will tell. Miracles do happen and I so…… believe in them. I’m still living one today with a baby who is now in high school and full of life. Bennett will keep thriving as long as you give him the love and affection he needs to win his battles in life. STAY STRONG!!! Many blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving. I’ll be sure to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Patti - November 23, 2009 - 9:15 pm

Congratulations!! What a miracle!! I too, can relate to this joyous experience and just how amazing a tiny baby can thrive!! You have a wonderful road ahead of you!! Enjoy!!

Maria Curran - November 23, 2009 - 9:27 pm

Kelly,you are part of our everyday morning routine,my children even say “where is the pretty blond girl?”We have prayed everday for your little guy,and what a fighter he is,and he is absolutley beautiful!!!!!!!the power of prayer….He is truley a miracle and we will continue to pray for him.

Donna Robb - November 23, 2009 - 9:50 pm

Keyy, Jason and Bennett..What a beautiful family you are. Everyday is a gift to be treasured.

Donna Robb - November 23, 2009 - 9:53 pm

Kelly, Jason and Bennett..What a beautiful family you are. Everyday is a gift to be treasured.

Kathy - November 23, 2009 - 9:55 pm

I was so excited when wtae announced the story about Bennett.
He is absolutely beautiful, as are his parents! I’ve said so
many prayers for you all….and will continue to do so. Enjoy
every moment together. I miss you on air, but take all the
time you can with your “miracle child”! Thank you so much for
sharing your story and please, continue to do so!!!

Lynn - November 23, 2009 - 10:01 pm

Dear Kelly, Jason and Bennett my heart goes out to all three of you for what you all have been going threw, I guess there is a meaning in the word MIACLE, cause you have a mircle that you are holding, I am so happy that Bennett is home I really hope he is doing well and my heart and prayers goes out to you and your family, may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and an even greater holiday season!!! BEST OF LUCK BENNETT!!! and thanks for the pics Heather please keep us updated.

tina petrock - November 23, 2009 - 10:04 pm

baby bennett is BEAUTIFUL!!! god has truly blessed you with this little miracle! oh the tears of joy i cried for your bundle of joy! i will pray for you everyday :)

Katy - November 23, 2009 - 10:05 pm

Kelly – Congratulations to you and your husband on your little miracle! I have chills as I am looking at your beautiful pictures. You will continue to be in my prayers. Best Wishes to you now and always!

Mari K. - November 23, 2009 - 10:13 pm

Kelly – Jason I am thrilled to pieces to hear that Bennett has been born and coming along I will hold your family in my thoughts He is beautiful and hope to continue to see more pictures of you all What a wonderful Thanksgiving to remember

Frank - November 23, 2009 - 10:14 pm

Kelly and Jason and Bennett, I will continue to pary for all of you!!!!!!

Joyce - November 23, 2009 - 10:28 pm

Kelly & Jason~I saw the story on the news and couldn’t be happier for the progress that Bennett has made. I promise you my prayers for all of you. Your son is such a precious little boy and his story has touched my heart. May our gracious God continue to heal and strengthen all of you. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

cathy hoffman - November 23, 2009 - 10:34 pm

Kelly and Jason,
I am so very happy for the both of you. What a beautiful baby!!! I was so very happy to hear that your bundle of joy is doing well. Kelly, I watch you every morning while I am holding my granddaughter, feeding her bottle to her, and when I heard you delivered your baby and he made it, I was overwhelmed for your family. He is truly a miracle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Once a fighter always a fighter. God bless you, Jason and Bennett. Thank you so much for sharing with us. We love you!!!!

Andrea Malack - November 23, 2009 - 10:42 pm

You and your family have been in my family’s thoughts and prayers since we learned of you situation. What a beautiful baby!

Vickie - November 23, 2009 - 10:47 pm

What a wonderful blessing from God. Our prayers are with you.

Mary Ann Arrigo - November 23, 2009 - 11:02 pm

I believe in miracles. God bless you both and your precious little miracle. I will continue to pray for you.

Christina Masucci - November 23, 2009 - 11:10 pm

We too have a miracle son. Our son, Larry, was born and diagnosed with a very rare syndrome that had no known survivors at the time. Our journey was long, hard, exhausting, and as we believe, by the grace of god, very rewarding. Fifteen years later, our wonderful miracle boy is a pretty typical teenager (“kidman” as he refers to himself) and continues to beat the odds.

May God continue to bless Bennett and his loving family.

elaine - November 23, 2009 - 11:11 pm

I am so happy Bennett is doing so well and he is home for Thanksgiving. He is so cute and so precious. I will keep the three of you in my prayers.

Christy Sterling - November 23, 2009 - 11:18 pm

Congratulations Kelly and Jason! Bennett is your blessing from above. What a miracle. I will continue to pray for your family. Thank you for sharing:) Your family is beautiful…

Pat Graham - November 23, 2009 - 11:35 pm

Congratulations to you both on your beautiful son!! What a special Thanksgiving you will have with many “Thanks” to give.
God Bless your family and know that many people have you in their thoughts and prayers.

Dee - November 23, 2009 - 11:50 pm

God Bless you Kelly and Jason,and baby Bennett

Lu Ann Prah - November 23, 2009 - 11:58 pm

God Bless ALL OF YOU! Babies are blessings from God.

Eileen - November 24, 2009 - 12:03 am

My Thanksgiving blessings to you and baby Bennett. What a love moving love story you three have shown the community. It brought tears to my eyes to see the faith you are teaching Bennett. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Rachel - November 24, 2009 - 12:19 am

What a wonderful story to wake up to this morning! I cried tears of joy for you all. Miracles do happen! Congratulations to your family Kelly. God Bless Baby Bennett!!

kim - November 24, 2009 - 12:37 am

what a beautiful boy and gift you have received,just always remember that he is a blessing not a right , and god gives each of us a different gift and bennet is your gift. prayers and joy.

Kim Blackhurst and family - November 24, 2009 - 1:22 am

what a loving miracle im truly blessed that little bennett ryan is alive and in good hands kelly jason im so blessed for you and hoping that god willl watch over your little angel hes a very very beautiful baby

god be with you jason and kelly

love you Kim and family

canonsburg pennsylvania xo for bennett love you

Amy Hall - November 24, 2009 - 8:59 am

Dear Kelly and Jason. You have a beautiful, sweet, precious baby. Miracles do happen and I am so happy for you both. You will be in my prayers. Wishing you health and happiness always.

Marcia Malardie - November 24, 2009 - 9:08 am

God speaks to us in many ways. You are truly blessed. Bennett is that blessing. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. I pray for your family every day.

JoEllen - November 24, 2009 - 9:51 am

What a miracle. Bennett is beatiful. May God continue to bless your family.

Rick Crofutt & family - November 24, 2009 - 9:54 am

God is miraculous!!! God Bless Bennet & his family. I hope all continues to go in the right direction.

Jackie - November 24, 2009 - 10:00 am

Truly one of the most beautiful babies. He brings a tear to my eye. God bless you, Jason and Bennett, your miracle baby.

Janet Z - November 24, 2009 - 10:07 am

What a wonderful amazing story. Little Bennett is truly a gift from God. He is a true miracle. While watching this story tears just flowed from my eyes with joy for such a wonderful loving family. I know that with all the love that surrounds him he will continue to get stronger everyday. My prayers will continue to to be with you all. Thanks for such a beautiful story and keep us all posted as to how everything is going.

Nicole Kemmerling - November 24, 2009 - 10:11 am

Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! Keeping you in my prayers!

alexa - November 24, 2009 - 10:23 am

congratulations to you and jason! you are truly blessed with a miracle, the day i talked with you, i never will forget, but your faith was so amazingly strong! and now the results are proving to be true! congrats i will continue to say prayers for your family!

Stephanie - November 24, 2009 - 10:53 am

God Bless you and your beautiful family! Congratulations on your little miracle!

PAT - November 24, 2009 - 11:39 am

God bless you and that beautiful baby….i know somewhat of what you went thru….38 years ago i have a 3 month premature baby boy…who was not to live…he was baptized twice while in the hospital …weighing in at 2# 7 oz….today…a healthy adult over 6 foot and a bit over weight//// keep the faith ….we have followed you during this pregnancy and we will follow you thru little Bennett’s growing up to be a handsome yound man like Daddy. our prayers are with you….Happy Thanksgiving…..

Sue Ann - November 24, 2009 - 12:10 pm

Thanks for saying ‘Yes’ to life. You have received a beautiful gift in return.

Bonnie Sue Runion - November 24, 2009 - 12:49 pm

Kelly and Jason,
God sure blessed you with the most beautiful baby. He is really a very precious baby. We are praying that everything works out for you as it seems it already has. You have great faith and he will soon be running after mommy and daddy.

Kim - November 24, 2009 - 1:31 pm

May God bless you and keep you – we are all praying for little Bennett, Mom and Dad. The picture are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Mary Ann Yuran - November 24, 2009 - 1:42 pm

When we listen about all the issues of health care changes and how it will affect our lives, this is a beautiful story of being led by God and your heart to do the right thing and that we should do everything possible to save life and God will surely do the rest. What a beautiful miracle!!!!

Peg & Dan Horner - November 24, 2009 - 2:14 pm

Kelly & Jason, may God bless you both andalso your beautiful son Bennet Ryan. He certainly looks like a strong fighter. Again,may
God keep your whole family in his tender loving care.
Bless you all
Peg & Dan Horner

Karen & Don Smith - November 24, 2009 - 2:31 pm

What a beautiful example of God’s grace!!! You are truely blessed. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. We have 6 children & 9 grandchildren and they are such a blessing to us. May God keep your femily in His care.

maria davis - November 24, 2009 - 3:49 pm

Bennett is a true miracle and my thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. You definitely have a strong little guy there and your story really touched me. Good Luck and keep us posted.

ANN - November 24, 2009 - 4:23 pm


Annette - November 24, 2009 - 4:59 pm

After viewing Mike’s story last night (tears streaming down my face the entire time) I am truly convienced that little Bennett is God’s little miracle and blessing to you and Jason. I will continue to pray for Bennett because prayer is a powerful thing.

Monica Phillips - November 24, 2009 - 6:02 pm

Praise God for prayers heard and answered. This little boy and his Mom and Dad have been in my prayers since the day he was born. He truly is a miracle from heaven ! I will continue to pray everyday for his continued good health and growth. And for the parents that love him so much!
Hang in there, Bennett! We’re with you buddy!

Pat - November 24, 2009 - 6:58 pm

I was thrilled to see Bennett at home. I am keeping you all in my prayers everyday. He is a beautiful little boy, with very special parents. I hope you find joy in every day now that Bennet is here.

vanessa anderson - November 24, 2009 - 7:22 pm

I really missed you on the news Kelly. Now I know why you weren’t there, you had a beautiful baby boy to attend to! Congratulations to you and your husband!! God Bless you and your beautiful little Bennett. And may God bless Bennett with continued improvement every second!

Tammy Marsh - November 24, 2009 - 7:24 pm

Kelly – we are so happy for you and your family. I keep baby Bennett in my prayers! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa - November 24, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Please know I pray for all 3 of you daily. May God Bless you today and always. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pat Delo - November 24, 2009 - 7:49 pm

Never doubt the power of prayer.

Patti and Jack - November 24, 2009 - 7:57 pm

We were so happy to hear about Bennett doing so well and he is a beautiful little baby. Such a lovely family and we said many prayers for the 3 of you and so glad all our prayers were answered. I just wouldn’t wait to hear what the announcement was going to be when they kept advertising it. SUCH WONDERFUL NEWS. I know you all will have a wonderful THANKSGIVING and alot to be thankful for.

Beth - November 24, 2009 - 7:58 pm

Your story has so profoundly affected myself and my husband, we will continue to pray for Bennett to grow stronger and healthier each day, and for strength for you both as time moves forward!

Joan Smeltzer - November 24, 2009 - 8:30 pm

Kelly I have so enjoyed your reporting for the last how many years. I was very excited to see you were pregnant but somehow I missed your announcement that there were concerns with your pregnancy. ( I watch you every morning.) Anyway, my heart went out to you and your husband when I heard about Bennett. As the mother of two boys I know the joy they have brought to mt life and I am hoping that you continue to experience that joy with Bennett. I have been praying for you, Jason and Bennett. My boys and my husband have been as well. Please know that I will continue to keep you all close in thought and prayer. Stay strong and know that you are loved.

Dana - November 25, 2009 - 9:32 am

I am such a fan of yours Kelly. I watch you every morning! You just seem like the nicest down to earth person. I did not even know that you were pregnant. I noticed you were off the air and had no idea why. When I heard about the baby my heart ached for you. I am so happy for this miracle you and your husband have been given. I will pray for him and your family everyday. Have faith and never give up hope! Take care and God Bless.

Nancy Janosko - November 25, 2009 - 11:03 am

Kelly I have watched you every morning since I arrived back in Pittsburgh 10 years ago. Your story has touched me in so many ways. You have been given a miracle and with your faith and the power of prayer, your little miracle will grow continue to be healthy. BELIEVE!!!

Carolyn Guzzi - November 25, 2009 - 3:09 pm

After watching Kelly daily on the news and hearing of her pregnancy, I was soooo happy for her and her husband. Being a mother myself, Ican only imagine what they have been going thru during her pregnancy. Bennett is truely a gift from God and was meant to be part of thier lives. I have been praying for them and will continue to pray for them as they adjust to thier new way of life. Thank you for sharing your story with us all. By the way Kelly, you look absolutely wonderful for just having a baby.

Chrissy - November 25, 2009 - 9:41 pm

This is one of those moments in life when you truly know that this is the work of the good lord above. He is always full of miracles & surprises. When I watched the story of baby Bennett I was truly touched. My thoughts and prayers are with Kelly & Jason on the loving journey they have been blessed with.

Maggie - November 25, 2009 - 10:30 pm

I watch Kelly every morning and am so happy to hear that Bennett is doing so much better than ever expected. I truly believe that miracles do happen and we have to put our faith in a higher power. I’m sure the entire tri-state area, as do I, have Kelly, Jason and Bennett in their prayers.

The Ellis Family - November 26, 2009 - 2:18 pm

What is BLESSED THANKSGIVING this is for you. God is good. Our prayers are with Baby Bennett and his mom and dad. Enjoy every moment!

The Ellis Family - November 26, 2009 - 2:19 pm

What a BLESSED THANKSGIVING this is for you. God is good. Our prayers are with Baby Bennett and his mom and dad. Enjoy every moment!

Nikki - November 26, 2009 - 11:22 pm

Kelly and Jason,
I am so happy for you! What a precious and beautiful baby!!! He is simply, simply beautiful! You will be in my prayers from here on out and I just know that God will keep him healthy! I just know it. Have faith in the Lord and he will be there for you. With God all things are possible…you just have to dig deep and have faith! Praise God for this miracle! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband and sweet baby Bennett!

A forever fan of yours,

Mallory - November 27, 2009 - 1:14 am

God is good! Somewhere in the book of Isaiah it says “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper and not harm you…plans to give you a hope and a future.” Amen

Ed Myrick - November 27, 2009 - 2:04 am

Congratulations on becoming a Mom. I can’t start to imagine the emotional turmoil you both went through and continue to cope with. Bennett is lucky to have parents who will do everything in their power to insure he is healthy, happy, and loved!

Geri - November 27, 2009 - 7:25 am

Dearest Kelly, Jason and Bennett – I am so happy to hear your beautiful baby boy Bennett is doing so well. God has given you so much strength to deal with whatever comes your way. Take one day at a time and cherish these moments for Bennett is teaching you everyday. God Bless You!!

Paul & Mary Yacovone - November 27, 2009 - 8:35 am

I have always said God does not send special babies unless the the parents are very special. God looked for someone special to send Bennett to, you two must be very special.

Mary - November 27, 2009 - 8:46 am

You are truly experiencing a miracle with Baby Bennett. He is so beautiful, you can tell by the way he looks at the both of you, he knows how much he is loved. All of you will always be in my prayers.

Denise Schwab - November 27, 2009 - 10:53 am

I was very moved my this story. God does work miracles. COngratulations and God Bless. Denise and Robert Schwab

Diana - November 27, 2009 - 11:15 am

I am so thrilled that Bennett is getting better everyday. God Bless Him. Kelly, I miss your smiling face in the mornings with Mike but I understand totally why you aren’t there. My heart goes out to you and Jason and especially little Bennett. Have faith in the Lord and He will take care of you all.

Pat - November 27, 2009 - 1:18 pm

Dear Bennett, Kelly and Jason: For only by the grace of God. I know what you feel. In fact you probably deal with some of the same doctors my son had. I know Dr. Ian Pollock is now chief of neorusurgery at Childrens. My son was treated by him when he was a resident. When my son was 10 yrs. old he had a brain tumor. When it was found they told us he had 2 live without surgery and only a 10% chance of surviving the surgery. For several years following surgery they told us he would never be more than an 8 yr. old. With consant struggle he graduated college. Took 7 yrs. but he did it. Shocked everyone further when he learned to drive a car. Took forever but he did it. Some how he found his own way to learn. Never give up, enjoy every moment and use any resource you can find.

Sue - November 28, 2009 - 12:18 pm

I watch Kelly every morning and have been following her story. I’m so happy for her and her family.What a beautiful Thannksgiving blessing this truely is. Your family is blessed! Enjoy your new son. My prayers continue to be with all of you.

Sandy - November 28, 2009 - 8:44 pm

What a beautiful angel he is. Truly a gift from God. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

Marilyn - November 29, 2009 - 8:40 pm

These are truly REAL parents….a real inspiration to every parent. God Bless you and the beautiful baby He carefully choose especially for you. You have been Blessed.

Chris and Matt - November 29, 2009 - 9:46 pm

Kelly and Jason, Bennett is such a beautiful baby boy!! Your’s is a wonderful story. Truly a miracle. We will keep you, Jason and Bennett in our prayers.

Debi Hamari - November 29, 2009 - 10:44 pm

Just heard the story of your beautiful miracle boy Bennett. May each day you have with him be filled with joyful memories.
Beaverton, OR

Katie - December 1, 2009 - 9:28 am

What a beautiful baby boy. God makes miracles come true. The best to you and your family

Cathy - December 1, 2009 - 10:23 am

Kelly,Jason, Bennet, watching you on WTAE with the news of Bennet, what a wonderful Christmas story, both of you are so blessed with your miracle baby, I’m sure God has many blessings in store for you, keep the faith God is truly Good, your story moved me to tears of joy for all of you, beating the odds is God’s way of letting you know there is more blessings for your baby to come. you both are wonderful proud parents and we in Pgh love all 3 of you, you will forever remain in our prayers God will take care of all of you.take as long as needed to care for Bennet, we will be watching and waiting for your return when You are ready. Love to all,Blessings to each of you. Cathy N.

patricia white - December 4, 2009 - 6:03 pm

Kelly, Jason & Bennett,
I’m so very happy to hear the good news about your Bennett. he is a handsome little boy. The pictures are beautiful. Kelly & Jason, you have been very blessed with Bennett. God has big plans for your little one and he wants him with his parents. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. What a wonderful thanksgiving & Christmas gift, to have Bennett. Have a Blessed Christmas and a wonderful & Healthy new year. May God grant you all many blessed and happy years.

Pam - December 5, 2009 - 7:23 am

God is so good to grant such a blessing for Thanksgiving and Christmas! It reminds all of us of the true meaning of the holidays. We are also blessed that you have shared this story with all of us. It helps to keep all of us humble. Baby Bennett, Kelly, and Jason, you will always be in our prayers!!

Angel and Don - December 6, 2009 - 9:43 am

Kelly, Jason and Bennett,

Our family wanted to let you know that we continue to keep your family in our prayers. We have been so blessed by your story and how God continues to provide. Praise the LORD.

Don, Angel, Donnie, Ryan and Natalie

June - December 6, 2009 - 4:16 pm


jodie - December 7, 2009 - 5:20 pm

Kelly,Jason n Bennett~Im so happy to hear that your home with your mom n dad were you belong.I hope you had a good first Thanksgiving with your mom n dad.Your family has alot to be “thankful” for this year.I hope you n your mom n dad have a Wonderful,first Christmas with you and the rest of your family.I pray for you that you get stronger n healthier everyday.I saw you and your parents on tv and you three make such a cute family. Your a Beautiful,handsome baby or should I say a (BIG BOY)!!!Best Wishes to you and your family….

Cheryl - December 8, 2009 - 3:15 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your son! God is our Great Healer, HE is the Great Physician. I am praying for a complete healing for Bennett because I believe God has a plan for his life. Your miracle, Bennetts healing has already begun. God bless you all!!

Terri - December 8, 2009 - 4:54 pm

God bless you, your husband, and your precious baby boy. Miracles do happen and its from God’s hands. As my mother has said to me from time to time….”God only gives you what you can handle” in this case God knew what loving parents you would be. Have a very Merry Christmas : )

Christi - December 10, 2009 - 12:23 am

I met Miss Frey on one of our field trips to WTAE and she was so warm and bubbly and friendly. I was so moved when I read the article about their journey with Baby Bennett and since then, we have prayed for God’s healing touch on this beautiful child. Kelly and Jason stepped out in faith and chose life for their unborn child. What a miracle this little boy is. God Bless the three of you today and always. :)

patricia white - December 10, 2009 - 4:36 pm


Have a beautiful & Blessed Christmas. you have such a precious baby boy. May god bless you all. I hope all is going well and oyu both are getting some sleep time at night.
Merry Christmas & Happy & Healthy New Year
Patricia White

Brandy - December 10, 2009 - 5:21 pm

I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story with us.May God keep on blessing you and your family you will be in my prayers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Oh and if I have to say this enjoy every moment with your son..

Cindy Clarke - December 21, 2009 - 5:45 pm

I wish you and your new family a Blessed Holiday! Everyone in Pittsburgh is so happy for you and we thank God everyday for your special gift, Bennett! Enjoy!

Linda and Terry Hasenkopf - December 23, 2009 - 10:52 am

Kelly and Jason, Terry and I are so happy for you. Bennett
is a true miracle. Thank you for doing the segment with Mike
Clark. We enjoyed it and gave us relief that things were going
well. Bennett is beautiful.
Love, Terry and Linda Hasenkopf

Pat - December 24, 2009 - 10:14 am

My wish is for you and your beautiful son, Bennett, to have the best Christmas Ever. You all will remain in my prayers in the coming year. Looking forward to seeing Kelly back in the morning.

Cathy N - December 31, 2009 - 5:20 pm

Hi Kelly, Jason, Bennet, I am sure happy that God Has given you such a wonderful Miracle, and the dear little Bennet has beaten the odds, God is sure a wonderful God and He will take care of Bennett, I pray always for all of you and I’m sure God will bless all of you. Bennett was given to you for a reason we don’t know the answers but God’s will is working in your faith. Happy to hear you will be back on Monday, lets us all know how he is coming along. I just love the little Bennett, and the whole Pgh area are sure praying for all of you. we will welcome you back on Monday. always know God does perform miracle as you know God is such a wonderful God so we must believe. God bless all of you and will see you Monday on Ch 4 Love and prayers to all of you. take care of Bennett. Love Cathy

Becki - January 4, 2010 - 1:12 am

God is amazing isn’t he? I can’t think of 2 better people to spread the word and let the world know of God’s awesome power. Prayers work – from your lips to God’s ears.

Lydia Velez - January 17, 2010 - 12:39 pm

There is no secret what God can do!! May he continue to bless you and your beautiful baby. Hold onto that faith, we know that faith can move mountains!

Pam Howarth - January 21, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Jason , Kelly and Bennett,
I’ve kept track of your amazing life experience! There is definitely a reason and a higher hand helping Bennett. Like I tell my students Believe!!!!! I/m the Family & Consumer Science teacher at Uniontown Area H.S. and students from my Child Care class have questioned about Bennett’s condition. Your blog gave them a good understanding and there were may positive comments about you decision as a couple to choose life. You are both excellent role models as young parents in the eyes of my youth.
Good Luck with Bennett, enjoy every moment they grow so quickly.

Julia O'C - February 12, 2010 - 6:26 pm

I think about little Bennett a lot, as Kelly’s and my birth experiences and pregnancies were very similar. It looks like their little guy has a shunt? My son does, too – for an arachnoid cyst. Emmett just turned 3. He’s had the shunt since he was 2 days old. I’m so, so grateful for the shunt – for all of the technology that keeps my little guy going. Emmett and Bennett are two very lucky boys! And we’re lucky to be their parents of true miracles.

Congratulations on your gorgeous little boy! :)

Joseph - March 3, 2010 - 3:47 pm

To Kelly – your baby is indeed a miracle. You make my mornings better five days a week – I always look at you on the TV screen as I drink my coffee. Maybe you should consider doing a story for TLC regarding your “miracle baby.”

al hovland - June 14, 2010 - 9:19 pm

Praise the work of the Lord.

Pat - May 4, 2011 - 8:10 am

Heather, I was in your photography class at CCBC when Bennett was born. We all prayed and shared tears and I am so happy to see the pictures of Kelly and Jason’s beautiful family. They are truly blessed by God.

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