Doctors never thought that little Jaxon Buell would ever sit on Santa Claus’s lap or see a Christmas tree. But this Christmas, the little boy is doing just that and more.
While Jaxon was in the womb, doctors diagnosed him with an incurable brain malformation and advised his parents to abort him. They told his parents, Brandon and Brittany Buell, that he likely would die in the womb or shortly after birth; but the couple refused to end their unborn son’s life.
The Florida family told Fox 29 News that they have received criticism for not aborting Jaxon, who is missing part of his brain; but the Buells said life was “our only choice.”
He and his family are sharing their story of hope with the world.
A few days ago, the family posted photos of Jaxon around their Christmas tree on social media. One photo shows Jaxon with a special message written on a giant Christmas card. It reads, “I wanted to send a Christmas card to the entire world from me, my mama & my dada. Thank you for supporting me! From my family to yours … Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!! #JaxonStrong”
On Sunday, Jaxon “had one of the best days of his life” when he met Santa Claus for the first time, his father told Fox 29 News. The family also watched the movie “Rudolph.”
“More big milestones for our little guy!” his father said.
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As LifeNews previously reported, doctors told the Buells the following about their son’s grim future: “They told us he wouldn’t hear, see, or have any senses. He wouldn’t tell us he was hungry. He may not do any of life’s normal luxuries. Early on it was very tough for us. It was tough not knowing what we were gonna get and we could lose him at any time.”
Jaxon, who celebrated his first birthday this summer, is beginning to walk and speak, the Buells told the news station. He can say “Momma”, “Daddy” and “I love you.”
“Jaxon has already shown how strong, smart and special he is, accomplishing feats that doctors doubted he’d ever be able to do, shows improvements each and every day, and just reached a miraculous milestone in celebrating his first birthday,” his family shared on Facebook. “Ultimately, Jaxon will need a miracle long-term.”
The family said Jaxon still needs prayers for his continued medical treatments.