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Miracle Dory story: how a little fish helped a preemie survive

The inspiring story of Francis Williams, a premature baby given only a 15% chance of survival, and his unlikely connection to the creator of Finding Nemo.

This viral video tells the inspiring story of Francis Williams, a premature baby given only a 15% chance of survival, and his unlikely connection to the creator of Finding Nemo. In the face of such devastating news, Francis’s parents decide to give him a chance at life. In the midst of trying to help their son recover, Francis Williams’ uncle sends his parents an encouraging video of a TED talk by Finding Nemo creator, Andrew Stanton. Like Francis Williams, Andrew was born severely premature, but he beat the odds by surviving. In an extraordinary turn of events, Francis’s uncle ends up sitting next to Andrew Stanton on a plane. He shares his nephew’s story with Stanton, who decides to write a note, complete with a sketch of Nemo, encouraging Francis to “just keep swimming.” The note accompanies the Finding Nemo theme, drawn shortly after Francis Williams’ birth, on the whiteboard in his hospital room. He is now out of the hospital and continuing to thrive as he follows Dory’s advice to “just keeping swimming.”

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