Georgia baby born with bacterial meningitis thriving

A Georgia baby was given a small chance of survival after being born with bacterial meningitis, but he's now thriving and celebrating his first birthday.

We first introduced you to Liam Stephenson in November of last year when he was staying in Erlanger Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He had been there since he was born.

At the time, Liam's family was seeking prayers and support as he spent weeks fighting for his life while he was bleeding on his brain.

"They gave him a 5 percent chance of living and if he did he was not going to be able to hear good, talk, crawl, or walk," Liam's aunt, Jana Blankenship, told FOX 5.

Liam stayed in the NICU for one month and returned to the hospital more than 10 times due to seizures. The entire time, his loved ones never gave up hope.

"I would like to believe it was because of y'all and those prayers Liam will be celebrating his first birthday," Blankenship said.

Liam's aunt also said he's now able to say words, such as "momma" and "daddy," his hearing is nearly perfect, and he's well on his way to walking.

"The bleeding on his brain is no longer there and the seizures have stopped."

Blankenship said her family is grateful to all those who prayed for her precious nephew.

"God is good, God is great, and may he bless y'all."

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