Before he was even born, Kaden Casebolt was a super hero.
Doctors urged his parents to consider abortion after learning there was a 95 percent chance Kaden would never even take his first breath.
They rejected the offer, and decided to “bet on” their son—even with only 5 percent of the odds in their favor.
“We wanted to meet our baby boy regardless,” his mom, Valorie Salsman, tells BBC Three.
She says when Kaden was born, “it was like a dream come true.”
The road ahead was difficult, but Kaden was a fighter. He had the strength of a superhero and nothing could stop him.
Kaden was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta when Valorie was just five months pregnant. The rare condition, also known as “brittle bone disease,” is a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily, often for inexplicable reasons or cause.
Despite his tiny size and limited abilities, Kaden continued growing, learning and defying all odds.
Today he’s five years old and THRIVING.
Kaden has had over 40 broken bones, and countless surgeries.
“He lives fearlessly,” Valorie says, “but he lives with caution as well.”
The superhero-loving, rowdy, fun little boy may be a “glass doll,” but he’s a miracle nonetheless.
Valorie says she’s very glad she didn’t listen to the doctors who told her Kaden would never learn to walk or talk, or do anything.
If she had listened to them, she wouldn’t have this strong little boy who’s able to do everything and more that they said he couldn’t do.
Valorie says she’s confident her son can do anything he sets his mind to, and she can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.