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This Baby Born Without Most Of His Skull And Brain Has Defied The Odds

#JaxonStrong

Jaxon Emmett Buell is a true miracle baby: He was born with a rare brain malfunction called Microhydranencephaly, which left most of his skull and brain missing. Doctors gave him just days to live, yet Jaxon has defied all the odds and celebrated his first birthday on August 27.

The sweet wee boy has been dubbed Jaxon Strong via his many social media supporters, and for good reason – he was a fighter even before he was welcomed to the world by parents Brittany and Brandon Buell. Doctors first noticed MRI discrepancies when Brittany was 17 weeks pregnant, and the couple was faced with a recommendation to terminate the pregnancy at 23 weeks.

But they refused. "Who are we to decide?" Brandon recalled to The Daily Mail. "We were given a child, we are given a chance and we have to be his voice. We did everything we could to give him a fighting chance and all he's done since being born is fight right back."

Jax didn't just survive until birth – he's also defied doctors' predictions that he would never walk, never talk, never hear and never see. His parents know they still need to take things day by day, but they've amassed enough to afford Jaxon's medical bills via a GoFundMe page set up by their friends.

We're sending Jax all the birthday love – he's a true inspiration, and we can't get enough of his infectious spirit and crazy adorable lil' face. We hope to see much more of it for many years to come!