It was a routine doctor’s visit for Ben and Alyssa Reidhead. They thought it would be a day when they learned the gender of their baby.
They left the office with less-than-joyous news.
Doctors told Alyssa, then 23 weeks pregnant, that their son’s brain was growing outside of his skull, and that he had little chance of surviving. He had encephalocele.
But when Alyssa delivered Will via c-section, everything changed. Will, except for his brain and slight facial deformities, appeared to be acting completely normal. He was also diagnosed with cutis aplasia, meaning he was born without the back of his skull. His brain is protected only by a thin layer of membrane.
Keep fighting, Will!