Weighing just 3lbs at birth, Ja'bari Gray was born New Years Day with a rare skin condition called Aplasia Cutis. Ja'bari Gray, a name meaning fighter and warrior, was born with no skin from the neck down which left his parents and doctors fearing he might not survive. Eyewitness News says that there have only been two other babies who have been born in the U.S. with this condition and both passed. Doctors warned his mother, Priscilla Maldonado, to be mentally ready for the worst case scenario.
After having spent the first three months of his life in the NICU in San Antonio, Ja'bari Gray has had a rough start at life. His eyes were fused at birth due to the skin disease but as time progressed, his fingers, toes, and neck became fused as well. With his neck fusing, doctors fear he soon might not be able to breathe. "He has another challenge to conquer which is his breathing because it's completely bent in half- his airway- just because it's fused together", his mother says in an interview with Eyewitness News.
Without any evidence of this disease during pregnancy, Priscilla Maldonado and the rest of Ja'bari Gray's family were in shock after he was born. Although the doctors warned her that the outcome of her baby's life would probably be death, Priscilla refused to accept it. She knew her baby was meant to be here and that he is a strong fighter. "If it wasn't his purpose to be here, he would have been gone from birth or even before birth, so he does have a purpose in this world and we never know what it is until the future," Maldonado said.
Now at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas, little Ja'bari Gray is awaiting treatment and is in stable condition. His parents are staying in a nearby hotel to stay close to their little fighter. His mother has confidence that her son will pull through this because of how far he has come thus far. The parents have set up a GoFundMe page to help them through this difficult time and hope that Ja'bari Gray will be able to come home with them in the near future.