ABC News has reported a story that is melting hearts just in time for Christmas.
Jaxon Buell is a 14-month-old boy who has survived beyond his life expectancy and has gotten to sit on Santa’s lap for the very first time!
He was born in August last year with a very rare condition called Microhydranencephaly. According to Jaxon’s parents, the condition is a brain malformation characterized by fluid in the brain where tissue should be. Infants diagnosed with this condition are not given a very promising prognosis. Jaxon’s parents, Brandon and Brittany, were told their son wouldn’t survive even a week.
Despite his doctor’s predictions, Jaxon survived. He is now almost 15 months old and is his parents’ pride and joy.
Last week Brandon posted some Christmas photos of his son. The photos showed Jaxon meeting Santa for the very first time (the pair seemed to get along quite well) and Jaxon playing with his mother in front of their Christmas tree!
The Buell family often posts updates for their supporters on Facebook. One of Brandon’s most recent updates read:
“In 15 months of being with us, Jaxon is learning to talk, walk, speak, smile, laugh, communicate, can certainly hear and see, and is making strides to even eat on his own, showing promise of one day kicking the only machine that he is actually dependent on, his feeding pump, and all of this with the severe disability that he has, against the odds, and against the doubts that have been there since before he was born.”
They are grateful for the support and gifts from people around the world and pass on their thanks through social media. Another post read:
“Jaxon may ultimately live a shorter life, but he will, as so many other special needs children also will, impact and inspire more lives in their time with us than I or so many others will that do not deal with their struggles. For all of those that truly see, understand and embrace the real purpose of Jaxon’s life and story, we continue to thank you for supporting and being a part of it.”