Boy Born With Part of His Skull Missing Gets a Christmas Kiss From Santa
A baby boy who was born with part of his skull missing has met Santa Claus for a series of adorable photos.
Jaxon Buell, whose incredible story was shared with the #JaxonStrong hashtag earlier this year, was pictured snuggling with his mom Brittany and Santa at The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida.
In one of the images shared to Facebook on Wednesday, the little boy, who was wearing a "Kiss Me" t-shirt, got a peck from Santa.
"Jaxon had one of his best days ever today!" his dad Brandon wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He was in a great mood all day and got to meet Santa for the very first time."
Jaxon, who is missing a large part of his brain and skull, also posed for another set of photos as his family thanked his supporters on a giant Christmas card.
Jaxon's story was shared across the world after he defied doctors' expectations and celebrated his first birthday in August. Doctors had only given him a short time to live after he was born with a rare case of microhydranencephaly, a development abnormality that affects the brain.
After Jaxon's first birthday, his dad Brandon wrote that it's a miracle that his son is still here, as strong as ever, and only dependent on a feeding tube.
"Jaxon is still here with us, still learning, still developing, still thriving," he wrote. "He’s back to smiling at us, always so happy in the morning after he wakes up and takes turns looking at both Mommy’s and Daddy’s face, seemingly as if he is so excited to start another day."
The parents have started a GoFundMe account, which you can visit here.