Hardin Valley Football coach's son moves to UT Medical NICU

Hardin Valley Football coach's son moves to UT Medical NICU

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"So far he's been a fighter, he's exceeded every expectation that every single doctor and nurse could have," said mother Sarah Jones. "So far he's been a fighter, he's exceeded every expectation that every single doctor and nurse could have," said mother Sarah Jones.
The coach and his wife say their little boy is finally able to breathe on his own.  The family says he still needs to maintain his temperature and learn to eat. The coach and his wife say their little boy is finally able to breathe on his own. The family says he still needs to maintain his temperature and learn to eat.
Davis weighs 3 pounds, 11 ounces as of Sunday, but his parents say he's making remarkable progress. Davis weighs 3 pounds, 11 ounces as of Sunday, but his parents say he's making remarkable progress.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The newborn son of Hardin Valley football coach Wes Jones and his wife Sarah is improving after being born eight weeks early at a hospital in South Carolina. 12-day-old Davis Jones was brought home to Knoxville over the weekend.

Davis "Charles" Jones was born on July 2, on the second day of the Jones' family vacation in Charleston, South Carolina. The trip took an unexpected turn with an emergency trip to the hospital.  

Sarah Jones needed immediate surgery after her placenta erupted.

"We're even hours away from home on vacation, we have our kids here and they said you're having a baby, your baby is at risk, your wife is at risk," said father Wes Jones.

Doctors previously saw no reason to move Davis from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  

The boy underwent several surgeries there and doctors were uncertain when he could leave the NICU. His parents said they were homesick, and wanted to move to him back to Knoxville.  

The couple had requested their son be transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center immediately after the delivery.  

The couple says a nurse case manager at M.U.S.C. said there was less than a 5 percent chance of that happening since he was already at a trauma hospital.  

"We wanted to be at UT hospital and the NICU right here," said Wes Jones.  

After 10 days, the staff granted the couple's request to have Davis transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UT Medical Center.   On Saturday morning, a medic team brought the three to Knoxville. Baby Davis remained in an incubator with a medical team by his side.  

"The staff was amazing, the pilots were amazing. It was very quick, the plane went about 700 miles per hour they said," said Wes Jones.    

Before their plane was about to take off, music superstar Lady Gaga was arriving on her own plane by their side. Sarah Jones says Lady Gaga approached the family.

"It was a random surprise, Davis has officially met Lady Gaga, who came and gave him well wishes as she landing in Charleston," said Sarah Jones.

Davis weighs 3 pounds, 11 ounces as of Sunday, but his parents say he's making remarkable progress.

The coach and his wife say their little boy is finally able to breathe on his own.  The family says he still needs to maintain his temperature and learn to eat.

"So far he's been a fighter, he's exceeded every expectation that every single doctor and nurse could have," said mother Sarah Jones.  

The family expects Davis to recover and is hoping for a positive prognosis.

"I don't know what his long-term prognosis is, but we're optimistic he'll be playing football for his daddy one day," said Sarah Davis.

The baby's middle name is Charles-- a way to remember the city where he was born.

The family says there has been a large amount of community support. The family's church, Cokesbury United Methodist Church was able to help them find a place to stay while Davis remained in the hospital in South Carolina.

"Our life got flipped upside, with so many great people, it's been turned right back up," said Wes Jones.  

The football coach says the Hardin Valley community has been supportive. Some of his players even volunteered to mow the family's lawn.

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