Jaxson Alan Horvatich was born with gastroschisis which is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The baby's intestines are found outside of the baby's body, exiting through a hole beside the belly button. Jaxson’s family found out about two months into the pregnancy that he had this birth defect. After birth, Jaxson developed a few more problems starting with Pulmonary Hypertension which lead into a slew of other respiratory problems. When Jaxson was exactly one week old he was taken by air ambulance from Des Moines to the University of Iowa NICU where the doctors were able to give him extra care. Jaxson had 70% of his bowl removed and was on the road to recovery. He almost 3 months at the University of Iowa before his little body couldn’t take any more and he died August 3, 2017.
Family testimonial from Jaxson’s dad Chris:
The reimbursement for expenses had given Breanna and I time to take off work so we could be with our son in his time of need. He was such a fighter and changed both of our lives and others in positive way. Without the Little Al Foundation, we would never have gotten to spend the time we needed with Jaxson. We couldn't thank them enough!