BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - At the beginning of December, we told you the story of Stone Maverick, a newborn baby who suffers from a life-threatening disorder.
Now, after spending his first few weeks in the hospital, he is finally in the comfort of his own home.
"Just to know he's in the room right next to us and not two hours away has been a blessing," Stone's dad, Gary Coram, expressed.
Only two months old, Stone Maverick has already been through so much in his short life.
"He's a trooper, hes been through a lot," his mom, Jessica Shuflitowski, said.
Born with cystic fibrosis, Stone underwent several surgeries and procedures since he's been born.
"You know, when this all first started. I knew nothing about it, I really didn't think it would be something we would ever have to worry about," his dad said.
"He's had numerous surgeries, with some extenuating circumstances because of the surgery, really, had a lot more time to heal because of it.," she added.
But last week, he was healthy enough and able to come home just in time for the holidays.
"It's been surreal," she said, "I mean we're just so excited to be able to get to know him here at the house instead of the hospital. We're just all getting to kind of know each other in a different atmosphere and it just kinda feels like home now."
"The past three weeks, since he's turned this corner has just been awesome. Everyday something new. He's smiling now, he's loving life and that makes me happy," Coram said.
And now these parents can begin to find normalcy in what will be a long road ahead.
"He doesn't really know he's sick. This is going to be everyday life for us and we don't have any other kids so this is just kind of normal practice," Shuflitowski said. "The things we have to do the and appointments we have to go to and the treatments he requires, so we're just making the best of it and it doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary for us, I guess now."
They said it's the little things that help them get through it.
"You know, every day is kind of different when it comes to dealing with it. Like I tell Gary all the time, if we didn't find comedy or laughter in some of the events that have gone on, I don't know how we'd get through it," Stone's mom expressed. "You know, 2018 is a new year and we're going to count on that being rare in great possibilities."
At six months, Stone will have to have another surgery, but his parents said they look forward to him getting stronger everyday.
Shades Bar and Grill in Inlet Beach held a benefit fundraiser in early December to raise money and support for this new family. Owner Joe Freer said they raised more than $53,000 between the event and other fundraising outlets for ongoing medical expenses.