27-year-old Brittany and 30-year-old Brandon from Tavares, Florida, cannot be called happy parents because their son, Jackson, was born without a part of the brain and skull, but they’re proud of what’s happening.
On an ultrasound scan when the baby was in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ, the doctors found an ɪɴᴛʀᴀᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ ᴍᴀʟꜰᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ in the child and suggested that the parents ᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇ the pregnancy.
1 in 4,859 babies in the US are born with this anomaly each year, and most of them ᴅɪ.ᴇ shortly after birth. Despite this, the child was to be born into the world and also be able to celebrate his first birthday.
On social media, Jackson was given the nickname “Strong”. His inspiring story captivated many families throughout the United States, who are now closely following the fate and condition of the boy.
When you see the beautiful blue eyes of the expected little Emmett Buell Jaxon, no one can imagine he was born without part of his brain and skull. Despite the doctors’ disillusionment, when he learned of his condition, the baby, from Florida, in the United States, exceeded all expectations and tried to take his first steps.
The mother remembers when she was pregnant and received the news of her son’s health problem. “By the time of the 17th week ultrasound, when we found out the sᴇx, everything was smooth. But the next day, I got a call from a doctor that there was a problem with my son,” she said. However, Brandon had to go through several specialists to find the correct ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs for the baby.
The mother still says that the doctors told her to have an ᴀʙᴏʀᴛɪᴏɴ. At the time, she was 23 weeks pregnant. “Whom are we to choose? We were given the chance to have a child, and we have to at least try to hear his voice. We gave him a fighting chance and that’s what he’s been doing,” the proud mom said.
Miraculously, the baby survived and was delivered by ᴄᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, weighing 1,8 kg. He spent weeks in an intensive care unit, and several doctors tried to understand the boy’s condition. “It was very exciting. I remember holding him in my lap and the doctors telling me that he could never walk or talk,” she said.
Since there is no cure, Brandon’s co-workers created a page that collects funds that will help pay for the little one’s care. The boy’s inspiring story captivated families across the US as 90,000 people “liked” the page.