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Toddler With Rare Form Of Dwarfism says “Rise Up” For Falcons
A picture was recently shared by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Facebook, of a young patient “rising up” for the Falcons.
Meet Wyatt Keeton – one of the most adorable Falcons fans ever!
Little Wyatt was born at 37 weeks. He was diagnosed with Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia (SED). SED is a very rare, but not lethal, form of dwarfism.
At just 11 weeks old, Doctors then diagnosed Wyatt with spinal cord stenosis which is common in kids with dwarfism.
The disorder is caused by the fact that the heads of children with dwarfism are disproportionate to their smaller frames. This places a lot of pressure on the spinal cord.
Wyatt’s parents were told that a cervical collar would reduce the pressure on his spine.
His mother Jenn Keeton said on CHOA.org. “Wyatt’s spinal stenosis is almost completely resolved, so he won’t have to undergo surgery.” She added that “He’ll wear the brace for the foreseeable future until this is resolved. I buy fabric for the collars—all kinds of colors and themes. He must have at least 30 by now. We have fun with them.”
One of these being an Atlanta Falcons themed brace. The brace which Wyatt is wearing in the photo CHOA shared on Facebook.
According to CHOA.org, Wyatt is developmentally behind for a 1-year-old. At this stage he’s unable to crawl or stand. He is however, meeting all cognitive milestones.