CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After 231 days in the NICU one family is saying goodbye for now until they return for some visits. 

The Morris family took their son McKinley home for the first time. 

The first seven months of McKinley’s life have been spent right here in the UVA NICU.

“I was pregnant with twins and they ended up having something called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome,” said McKinley’s mom, Katherine Morris.

This means that all the blood and resources were only going to one twin so the family decided to do surgery to help get more resources to the other twin.

“My gestational sack ended up being punctured and caused me to rupture at 16 weeks,” she says.

This was the start of McKinley’s fight.

“A week later, I lost the smaller of the two but he held on,” she says.

He held on for another 10 weeks after the surgery, born over four months early at 2 pounds 8 ounces. And his biggest fight was just ahead.

“His lungs were underdeveloped because I was losing the amniotic fluid and between 16 and 20 weeks is a crucial time for the lungs to develop. And luckily for us, the trach is not forever he will probably need it until his lungs continue to grow,” she says.

After seven months in the NICU, he's a true champion to many.

“His story is certainly one we will share with families to give them hope and encouragement when they’re in their darkest moment and unsure of their outcome,” said NICU nurse Hannah Fox.

The day is finally here to say goodbye to the doctors and nurses who helped them get to this point.

“I mean, they’re our family. That’s all I can say is that they were our best friends, our family. They were in place of mom and dad for seven months and when we couldn’t do it, they could,” she says.