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Someone 2 Know: Aiden's Gift

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Kristen Remington
Channel 2 News

Aiden Jacot was born in June 2009. His big brown eyes and bright smile greeted everyone who came his way; a happy baby. But on May 12th, 2010, his world would change forever. "He was not expected to live," explains his father, Robert Jacot.

With aching hearts, Aiden's parents described to me what happened two years ago. Robert said he received a phone call to pick Aiden up from their home daycare provider, because something was wrong. "The moment I walked through the door, I saw Aiden sitting on the floor at the care provider's house and I ran over to him and fell to my knees and I knew right away something was wrong." He said Aiden was lethargic and not responding. Robert instructed the daycare provider to call 911 immediately.

The then 10-month-old was rushed to the hospital, where he stayed in the ICU for nearly a month. Doctors drilled holes in his head to release pressure - as a result of severe brain trauma. He also lost his sight. Although there has not been an official diagnoses, Robert says, "Everything points to shaken baby syndrome; that he was shaken while in the care of someone outside the family."

Aiden is at home now. He receives therapy one to four times a week. His parents also work with him. Right now they are trying to retrain his body to hold up his own head. He relies on quite a bit of equipment to help him recover. Bonnie, Aiden's mother, says insurance pays for very little of it, however. So she is committed to starting a foundation to help other families with disabled children get the tools they need. It is called the Aiden's Gift Foundation. To learn more about the pending 501(c)3, log onto www.aidensgift.org. You can also track Aiden's progress at www.aidensjourney.net.

Aiden has come a long way since May 12, 2010, so his family is hosting an event to celebrate his life. Saturday, May 12, they invite you to join them at the Sparks Marina Pavilion from 10-11:30 a.m. There will be games and raffle prizes. Donations will go towards the Aiden's Gift Foundation to help other families in our community.

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