Mike Miller put the hospital bracelet around his wrist the day his baby girl was born. He hasn't taken it off. He intends to wear it through the NBA Finals.

The bracelet is a symbol of survival.

Miller has survived. He has endured a basketball season of agony and ecstasy. First, he joined the Heat as a projected starter alongside the Big 3 of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh and his former Florida teammate Udonis Haslem. Then, he was sidelined by a series of injuries, including severely sprained thumbs, knee soreness and concussion symptoms.

Now, with the Heat near the pinnacle in the NBA Finals, Miller is coping with the medical crisis of his newborn daughter.

Jaelyn Miller has survived. She is 2 weeks old. She was born with a ventricle septal defect — four holes in her heart. After spending her first 10 days in a neonatal intensive care unit, she went home Saturday.

"She's getting better every day," Miller's wife, Jennifer, said Wednesday over the phone, with Jaelyn cooing in the background as her two brothers peppered her with kisses.