Florida 'miracle child' honored at Jaguars game
14-month-old with rare condition defies all odds
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – "Miracle child" Jaxon Buell of Tavares, Florida was honored at a Jacksonville Jaguars game, according to WJXT.
Doctors told Jaxon's parents that he wouldn't live more than a few days, because he was born without part of his skull and brain. He's now 14 months old, living with his family in Tavares, a small town near Orlando. Jaxon's story of survival and hope has gone viral and Jaxon and his family now have support from around the world and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jaxon's mother, Brittany, first found out something was wrong when she was just 17 weeks pregnant. He was eventually diagnosed with a severe brain malformation called microhydranencephaly. It's extremely rare and there's no known cure.
Doctors told the couple that their first child would likely die in the womb, or shortly after birth. Some suggested that they consider an abortion. But the parents, who are devout Christians, decided to go on, no matter the outcome.
"We're never going to play God. We always gave him a chance, a fighting chance," said Jaxson's father Brandon.
Jaxon weighed less 4 pounds when he was born on August 27, 2014,. He had more energy and life than anyone expected. He grew stronger every day and shocked the experts who had lost faith.
Jaxon, now 14 months old, proves that he's not giving up, with stories using the hashtag #JaxonStrong. He's starting to crawl, roll over and shows that he's growing into his own personality.
While he's hard to understand, his mother and father say Jaxon is talking, an amazing feat for a child with a brain one-fifth the normal size.
Brandon swears that his son is a sports fan, specifically a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. On Oct. 18, the team welcomed the Central Florida family onto the field before it's game against the Houston Texans. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the child - who himself is one of a kind.
Jaxon's parents know they may outlive their only child, but they're cherishing every day they have with him. They ask everyone to share his story, to raise awareness about his condition in the hopes that one day doctors can find a cure.
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