Two-year-old fights illness
By: Crystal Britt
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Take one look at his face, and you can see why Landon Weber's family adores him. Landon loves playing, especially with bubbles.
"On the outside he looks great," said Jennifer Weber, Landon's mom.
But, inside Landon's a sick little boy. He doesn't complain much until he gets frustrated. He's on oxygen and has a feeding tube. All the tubes and wires get in his way.
His problems began at birth. At 29 weeks gestation, Jennifer's water broke. She delivered one week later.
"He was born May 12th. Three pounds, one ounce, 16 inches long," Jennifer said.
Soon after, baby Landon went into respiratory distress. He spent 74 days in the NICU, dealing with infection after infection. His struggles continue today.
"His tentative diagnosis is a rare lung disease. If he has that, and the cat scan shows it, it's fatal. He won't live past the age of four," said Jennifer.
It's news no parent wants to hear. "Overwhelming," said James Weber.
Landon's dad can barely talk about it. The Weber's have two other children 8-year-old Tyler, and 4-year-old Braden. Braden's autistic. James and Jennifer have learned to embrace one very important word..."patience."
"We take everyday as it comes, we're thankful for everyday we wake up and he's here and he's not in the hospital," said Jennifer.
Although it's one of the last things they're concerned about, the Weber's are buried in medical expenses...bills beyond a million dollars.
"Therapy at one point, we had to stop because insurance would not pay anymore and that was all there is," said Jennifer.
Landon is back in therapy now twice a week. He's come a long way considering the Weber's say doctors never expected him to walk. Jennifer said despite the difficulties she feels blessed.
"I still to this day will say that God will never give me more than I can handle," Jennifer said.
She knows she's their mother for a reason and wouldn't have it any other way.