Jaxon Emmett Buell was born with most of his brain and skull missing and was not expected to live and yet now, 12 months later, the little man is celebrating his first birthday. His parents, Brandon and Brittany Buell, were told to opt for an abortion when the doctors discovered he had an extreme brain malformation. Everything was pointing to him never even surviving the pregnancy.

Jaxon’s remarkable story has touched the millions of hearts across the world and his Facebook page “Jaxon Strong” has gathered almost one hundred thousand subscribers. “His perseverance and strength already shown is why we are calling his inspirational story Jaxon Strong. Ultimately, Jaxon will need a miracle long-term. We continue to ask for support and prayers, as it is a blessing that his mom continues to stay home with him for constant care,” his family told Metro.

Jaxon was diagnosed with Anencephaly, a very serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull, and requires full-time care which meant his mother was forced to give up her job to provide him with round-the-clock care.