A boy born with a rare disorder is defying the odds. At first, doctors weren't sure he would survive at all. But he did. And today, he's making progress and his parents couldn't be more proud.
“He's the happiest kid you'll ever meet,”
This is 2-year-old Jack Zoladz. Every day, he overcomes new challenges.
“He's my inspirtation, he's incredible,” said mom Sarah.
“When we first learned we were pregnant, ecstatic! Shopping and baby names and everything we were very excited,” Sarah continued.
But 20 weeks in, doctors noticed something was wrong.
“And they couldn't really tell us what to expect,”
Jack had a rare chromosome disorder.
“Numb, it was devastating,” said Sarah. “They couldn't tell us if he was going to make it through the pregnancy,”
He survived. But was born with several medical issues all relating to his disorder.
“It's kind of like, Jack's blueprint, he was just missing a few instructions on how to build himself,”
Jack spent the next three months in the hospital undergoing more than 15 surgeries and procedures.
“He was hooked up to a lot of monitors and he had minimal brain activity,”
But day-by-day, Jack improved and eventually came to his home in Stoughton.
“I just sat in the nursery with him and cried,” said Sarah.
Today, Jack is constantly on the move.
“He is incredibly healthy and happy,”
And making progress. Doctors weren't sure if he would be able to see or hear, but he can do both.
“For him to be able to sproradicially hear and see and for his sight and hearing to get better over time that is really amazing,” said his dad Joe.
He is non-verbal but that doesn't mean he can't express himself.
“He is incredibly opinionated!” said Sarah.
And for Jack and his parents, when it comes to the future, the sky is the limit.
“We have nothing but hope for Jack,”
“He's the type of guy where I like to show him off because he's a handsome kid too,” said Joe.
The Zoladz family are big supporters of the Stougthon Inclusive Dream Park. The project is an effort to build a playground designed for everyone, complete with wheelchair swings and slides as well as handicapped accesiblebathrooms. For more information on this project and to donate visit http://www.stoughtondreampark.org/