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Heath News The Heath News services the community of Heath and surrounding areas. Getting the up and coming events of the Heath community to more than 1,000 homes since 1963.
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Part of the Heartland Communications newspaper chain. The Heath News is a weekly community newspaper part of Heartland Communications. We operate weekly community newspapers in Pataskala, Utica, Johnstown, and Centerburg in addition to Heath. Heartland Communications is proud to also operate the Publication Print Shop. We can handle your business or individual printing needs. Call 740-964-6226 for more information about the Print Shop.

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12/17/2020

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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 ...
12/07/2020
Jaxon's Journey, organized by Damien Littlefair

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!!
12/02/2020

Thank you Randy Daum for the great photos...Football Banquet!!

The Heath News this weeks edition...Get your copy today!!
12/02/2020

The Heath News this weeks edition...Get your copy today!!

Life is better with someone cheering you on!!
09/25/2020

Life is better with someone cheering you on!!

Thank you Randy Daum for another set of great photos!!!
09/25/2020

Thank you Randy Daum for another set of great photos!!!

Our latest issue on sale this week...
09/25/2020

Our latest issue on sale this week...

Thanks again Randy for all the great football photos!!
09/17/2020

Thanks again Randy for all the great football photos!!

Thank you Randy Daum for the great photos
09/17/2020

Thank you Randy Daum for the great photos

The latest issue of the Heath News goes on sale tomorrow!!
09/17/2020

The latest issue of the Heath News goes on sale tomorrow!!

Looks like Football season!! More great photos from Randy Daum!!
08/18/2020

Looks like Football season!! More great photos from Randy Daum!!

Football pics...Thanks Randy!! Love the smile!!
08/18/2020

Football pics...Thanks Randy!! Love the smile!!

On sale this week
08/18/2020

On sale this week

Thank you Randy Daum
08/13/2020

Thank you Randy Daum

On sale today!!
08/13/2020

On sale today!!

Yipee Football is Back!! Thank you Randy Daum for the great pics!!
08/05/2020

Yipee Football is Back!! Thank you Randy Daum for the great pics!!

On sale tomorrow!!
08/05/2020

On sale tomorrow!!

Thank for all your support of Youth Sports in Heath!
07/30/2020

Thank for all your support of Youth Sports in Heath!

Another great photo taken by Randy Daum!!
07/30/2020

Another great photo taken by Randy Daum!!

This weeks issue on sale now!!
07/30/2020

This weeks issue on sale now!!

More great pics!!!
07/23/2020

More great pics!!!

Great photos from Randy Daum!!
07/23/2020

Great photos from Randy Daum!!

On Sale Tomorrow....
07/23/2020

On Sale Tomorrow....

Randy Daum...a great photographer!! Thank you for all your great pictures!!
07/16/2020

Randy Daum...a great photographer!! Thank you for all your great pictures!!

This week issue is on sale!!
07/16/2020

This week issue is on sale!!

Two more weeks ... Get your Senior in the Paper.....Send your photos to heathnews@aol.com
05/18/2020

Two more weeks ... Get your Senior in the Paper.....Send your photos to [email protected]

Current Heath News...on sale!!
05/18/2020

Current Heath News...on sale!!

For the month of May we will feature the graduates from the city of Heath. Send us your photos and the students name toh...
05/06/2020

For the month of May we will feature the graduates from the city of Heath. Send us your photos and the students name to
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Front Cover of the Heath News!! Our great photography took the photos and wrote the story...Great job Randy!!!
05/06/2020

Front Cover of the Heath News!! Our great photography took the photos and wrote the story...Great job Randy!!!

This is where you can buy the Heath News!!!
05/06/2020

This is where you can buy the Heath News!!!

04/27/2020
Heath won a hard fought battle against Granville 50-45.
03/01/2020

Heath won a hard fought battle against Granville 50-45.

Heath won a hard fought battle against Granville 50-45.

Garfield Elementary School
03/01/2020

Garfield Elementary School

Congratulations to our boys varsity basketball team for a great 50-45 WIN tonight against Granville. Way to go Dogs!

R&D Photography
02/27/2020

R&D Photography

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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Please delete if not allowed *Admin* EDIT*DATE CONFIRMED 12TH OCTOBER 2019* I'm sure we are all unhappy with the rise in violent crime amongst our young men especially. I unfortunately lost my son to knife crime and as such feel passionate about making a stance against it so please if allowed would you share on the following post ❤ #YOURCITYSAYSNO we are planning a nationwide stance against knife crime on the 12th of October 2019 (time tbc). An event at the same time in every town and city that we can. We are hoping people affected in every town and city will join our peaceful simultaneous event and show that as people we can and will come together to fight this epidemic. If you and your family and friends would like to join us you would be very welcome. We are a group of mainly parents/family that have been affected and want to try and stop other families suffering what we shouldn't have. Please feel free to contact #YOURCITYSAYSNO if you'd like to show your support in your area. We are open to ideas and input from other families that have either been affected by knife crime directly, indirectly or are just scared of walking our streets. If you are anti knife crime then join us and make your voice heard #YOURCITYSAYSNO Please share on and get the message out there x
I just wanted to share some community new. There is a new counseling center in Heath, offering help to those suffering with opiate addiction. We'd like to help. We offer group counseling and MAT if needed. Please if you or someone you love is needing help, or you just have questions please reach out, we are here to support and assist you on this journey.