Jaxon Buell was born without a large part of his skull and brain. Doctors told Brandon and Brittany Buell their son wouldn’t live past a few weeks. In August, the family celebrated the first birthday of this baby without skull.
Jaxon, now 13 months old, was recently diagnosed with microhydranencephaly, a severe brain malformation for which there is no known cure after months of tests and misdiagnoses.
Last week, Jaxon Emmett Buell (or Jaxon ‘Strong’ as he’s affectionately referred to on social media) famously said ‘hello’ to his doting father Brandon in a video uploaded online, which attracted over 800,000 views.
A Facebook page, Jaxon Strong, has over 200,000 “likes” and a GoFundMe page has received nearly $100,000 in donations, which go toward the family’s monthly expenses, including Jaxon’s medical bills.
Surgeons at Florida’s Winnie Palmer Hospital, where Jaxon was born, were perplexed by his condition, predicting he’d have mere days to live.
But at one-year old, and against all the odds, Jaxon is still going strong – a feat his parents know could end any minute.