I would like tell you all about a little guy that is in love with aviation and is enamored with grandpas airplanes. His name is Jackson. He will be 3 in January. Yes, he is not yet three and he is abscessed with anything having to do with aviation, including our beloved hobby. Here is a picture of him so you have a face to go with his story.
His story. At 6 months old, he broke his leg. two weeks later, he broke his other leg. My son and daughter in law were investigated for child abuse by social services, which had an office in Akron Children's Hospital, where they were taking him for care. This passed, and it became apparent that Jackson had a serious medical problem. Here he is about that time, in his apparatus.
After numerous trips to several facilities, while at the Shriner's research hospital in Montreal, it was confirmed that Jackson has a very rare form of "brittle bone" disease. Only about 20 or so kids in the world were know to have it, at the time of his diagnosis, a little over two years ago. My daughter in law quit her job as a physical therapist to attend to Jackson, as he is so fragile that he can not be left with baby sitters, or be unattended around pets, other kids, or himself.
Fast forward, and he has now broken bones more than 60 times!!!!! Can you imagine what he goes through when the weather changes. He has dealt with pain most of his short life so far. It was determined that he get semi-yearly injections of something I can not pronounce, to increase his bone density. This is done at Akron Children's now, and takes several hours of him lying there with an IV in his arm. He takes it like a trooper. The Doctors determined that if something was not done with his legs, he would never walk. So the kids took him out to a facility in Omaha to have stainless steel rods inserted in his upper leg bones. Two trips, one for each leg. The telescope so they can grow as he does. Pretty amazing. Here he is on the plane on one of these trips.
They were allowed to pre-board, so they were the first on the plane. He heard the flight attendants welcoming folks as the came on, so when they got to him, he called out "welcome aboard". It was priceless I guess. When the plane lifted off, he called out "I flyin, I flyin". Most of the front of the plane could hear him and got a kick out of it. Here he is in recovery.
The doctors and nurses let him go through surgery clutching his Buzz Light Year figure, his favorite toy at the time, because buzz flies. Since, he has made good progress with his legs, but continues to break arms, and recently, a lower leg. That does not stop Jackson. Here he is with dad, flying on of the remote helicopters I got for him. He calls them ogcoptors.
Here he is 'working' on some of grandpas airplanes. He always wants tools and loves to tinker. This little guy will fit in to RC quite well.
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