Meet Jayden, a happy, healthy and energetic three and a half year old, and as it turns out, he is also a miracle. Not long ago though, his parents weren’t sure they would ever see their son like this.
‘It was confronting. We were scared. We were shattered. Lots of tears,’ his father said.
When Tembe and Sipho Moyo from Perth, Australia, were expecting Jayden, like any new parents they were both nervous and excited. But their joy, was short lived when they were told that their baby had an extremely rare birth defect. Jayden was born with part of his brain growing outside of his skull through a hole between his eyes—one of the largest Jayden’s doctor, Dr. Tim Hewitt, had ever seen before.
The baby’s condition is called, Encephalocele. It is a rare type of birth defect that affects the brain. Encephalocele is a sac-like protrusion or projection of the brain and the membranes that cover it through an opening in the skull.
It left the parents-to-be crushed and devastated. In the doctor’s own words, they were told their baby “would not be human.” They were even more horrified when the doctor suggested the Moyo’s terminate the pregnancy to avoid complications and long term issues from the birth defect.
But that wasn’t going to happen.
Instead, they decided their newborn would undergo a risky, delicate, marathon surgery to give him a chance to live a normal, happy life that every child deserves.
So when Jayden was just a week old, a team of ten specialists conducted the 6 hour surgery to put his brain back into his skull, according to 7 News Perth, Facebook post.
The Centers for Disease Control, estimates that approximately 1 in 12,200 babies born in the United States each year will have encephalocele. This means that about 340 U.S. babies are born with this condition each year.
Dr. Tim Hewitt of Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital was one of the ten doctors on the team that operated on the infant. He said Jayden’s case of Encephalocele is the one of the largest ever seen.
Dr. Hewitt said, “Big ones like this are certainly very rare.”
The surgery was a success and Jayden’s amazing recovery stunned surgeons and medical staff. Doctors said he suffered no permanent damage and would only need plastic surgery for his nose in the future.
His mother, Tembe, said when she learned of her son’s condition during her pregnancy, she felt that Jayden was telling her that he was ok. The delighted mother said her son “just makes our life complete really.”
Jaydens father Sipho told 7News Perth that the one thing this journey has taught him is that “love conquers all.”
These days, Jayden is just a normal happy child. “Jayden makes us happy. His smile, considering everything he’s gone through, he’s just an amazing boy,” said his proud dad.
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Watch the 7 News Perth coverage below.