WATCH: Boy missing part of brain reaches another milestone

An amazing little boy, who was born with an extreme incurable brain malformation, has reached another milestone. 

On February 7, Jaxon Buell's family shared an inspiring video of the 17-month-old baby using a pacifier on his own. 

"Until today, Jaxon was not able to suck on a pacifier after many months of working on it with him. We tried again and watched Jax teach himself how to hold on to it for several minutes at a time. This is very encouraging for the possibility of one day kicking the feeding tube completely," his family said. 

 

 

Until today, Jaxon was not able to suck on a pacifier after many months of working on it with him. We tried again and watched Jax teach himself how to hold on to it for several minutes at a time. This is very encouraging for the possibility of one day kicking the feeding tube completely. We were so excited for Jaxon that we forgot the game was on for a little while! #JaxonStrong #Milestones

Posted by Jaxon Strong on Sunday, February 7, 2016

 

Jaxon was diagnosed with microhydranencephaly after he was born in Orlando, Florida. His parents were told he might not survive past birth. 

"Jaxon has already shown how strong, smart, and special he is, accomplishing feats that doctors doubted he'd ever be able to do, shows improvements each and every day, and just reached a miraculous milestone in celebrating his first birthday," his family said several months ago. "Ultimately, Jaxon will need a miracle long-term."

The family said they have received criticism for not aborting their baby, but the family has responded saying the decision to keep their son was "only our choice." Jaxon has most of his brain, but it's smaller than normal, according to his family. They said he could survive for many years.

Jaxon's parents continue to share major milestones on the Jaxon Strong Facebook page. His family asks that you continue to keep their son in your thoughts and prayers. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for his treatment. If you would like to donate to "Jaxon Strong" click here

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