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Bethany and Damien headed for their 20-week checkup and ultrasound to find out the sex of their baby. A day that should have been met with much celebration and joy quickly turned in to a day filled with disbelief and heartache. The ultrasound tech preformed the test and after giving the parents the news that they were having a baby boy, the tech excused herself saying she needed to talk to the mid-wife. The mid-wife came in and said that there was a problem with the baby. She told the parents that the ultrasound also showed that baby had no arms. Bethany and Damien were stunned. How could this be? Their baby boy, who they already loved so much, was going to be born with complications. Many tears fell on the drive home. They were in shock- utter disbelief! This was not the way the day was supposed to turn out.
Bethany and Damien were referred to Riverside where there is more advanced care and they were able to get an appointment the same day. Riverside performed another ultrasound and an amniocentesis. A couple weeks later, the results of the amniocentesis came back normal. What a relief! Bethany had monthly appointments until the last 6 weeks and then the appointments became weekly. During one of Bethany’s appointments, Riverside detected that one of the baby's brain ventricles was enlarged. Riverside sent them to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for an MRI where this was confirmed. Riverside suggested alternatives to Bethany and Damien, meaning to abort the baby because they didn’t know all conditions the baby may be born with. Another heartbreaking piece of news! Although they didn't know what difficulties may lie ahead, Bethany and Damien knew the love they had for their unborn child and that aborting him was something they simply couldn't do. They would maintain hope for their tiny baby and pray that he would be healthy. Over the next several appointments, hope prevailed! The ventricle of concern was becoming smaller and eventually the ventricle returned to normal size.
Bethany and Damien tried to explain to their other children that their baby brother wouldn’t have arms. Maverick, was too young to understand and the others had questions but were accepting. As Bethany neared the end of her pregnancy in November of 2019, both Bethany and Damien had come to terms with their baby not having arms. They were thrilled to welcome this new baby into the world but of course, the baby was not going to make his appearance into the world an easy one. During birth the baby was in the breech position and despite doctors' efforts to turn the baby, he would turn right back into the breech position. To alleviate stress on the baby the doctor decided to perform a cesarean section and a beautiful baby boy was born! They named him Jaxon. As Jaxon was taken to the warming table, Damien walked over to see his little son. With tears in his eyes, Damien looked at Jaxon and realized he was simply perfect!. Bethany felt so much love and pride as she held Jaxon for the first time and an unbreakable bond was born.
Today, Jaxon is this amazing kid who has begun to adapt to life without arms. He as taught himself how to get around, play with toys etc. He is truly a remarkable little fellow with big blue eyes that would melt any heart. When I was thinking about writing this, I thought about everything I use my hands for. Eating, drinking, dressing, playing, bathing, going to the bath room and catching myself when I fall. Then I thought about all the obstacles Jaxon will have to overcome in the years to come. Jaxon does have his shoulder joint, which will give him a very good chance of having electronic arms in which he will be able to move his arms and individual fingers. Right now, Jaxon is too small for prosthetics because of his growth rate. By the time they would make the prosthetics, he would have outgrown them. Around age 4 or 5 they will start with his prosthetics and Jaxon will need several sets as he grows. The static set of prosthetics starts at $60,000, and an electronic set could cost as much as $120,000. The doctors feels that Jaxon will have to start with a static set because the electronic set will be too heavy for him. As an adult, a set of electronic prosthetics will cost $1,000,000+.
Recently, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Genetic Team started full genome testing on Jaxon to see if his condition was genetic, an abnormality, or another health reason. The testing may show why Jaxon’s arms didn’t develop could also show any complications Jaxon may experience in the future. It could take up to a year for the results of these tests to come back.
Right now, Jaxon requires 24-hour care and Bethany is his primary caregiver. He has occupational therapy every other week at Children’s Hospital. While Medicaid has been good in his early care, prosthetics will have to be paid for mainly by the parents. To help alleviate some of the many expenses the family will incur, we started this Go Fund Me page. This money generated will solely be used for Jaxon- to help pay for his care, travel, medical bills, education and eventually prosthetics.
Please consider donating to such a wonderful little boy!
Jaxon is this amazing kid who has begun to adapt to life without arms. He has taught himself how to … Damien Littlefair needs your support for Jaxon's Journey
Thank you Randy Daum for the great photos...Football Banquet!!
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Life is better with someone cheering you on!!
Thank you Randy Daum for another set of great photos!!!
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Thanks again Randy for all the great football photos!!
Thank you Randy Daum for the great photos
The latest issue of the Heath News goes on sale tomorrow!!
Looks like Football season!! More great photos from Randy Daum!!
Football pics...Thanks Randy!! Love the smile!!
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Thank you Randy Daum
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Yipee Football is Back!! Thank you Randy Daum for the great pics!!
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Thank for all your support of Youth Sports in Heath!
Another great photo taken by Randy Daum!!
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More great pics!!!
Great photos from Randy Daum!!
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Randy Daum...a great photographer!! Thank you for all your great pictures!!
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Front Cover of the Heath News!! Our great photography took the photos and wrote the story...Great job Randy!!!
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Heath won a hard fought battle against Granville 50-45.
Heath won a hard fought battle against Granville 50-45.
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Congratulations to our boys varsity basketball team for a great 50-45 WIN tonight against Granville. Way to go Dogs!
A much anticipated game vs Granville at Heath High School, Saturday Night @ 7:00 in the second round of state tournament. Heath won by one point in regular season game at Granville. Let’s fill the gym and support the basketball BULLDOGS!!!
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