Images Captured By Katie Harding Photography
Meet Tiny Light Aiden. This Tiny Light loves to play with blocks and cars. He also loves going on walks and car rides and snacking on the odd Timbit.
Aiden was born 15 weeks premature and weighed just 1lb 12ozs. Shortly after birth, he was diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia – a lung condition that is caused by the abnormal development of lung tissue. He was also subsequently diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, retinopathy of prematurity, sensorineural hearing loss and autism. This brave little boy has battled infections, several surgeries, severe visual impairment and motor skill challenges but has persevered and is determined to live life to the fullest.
It’s been a tough journey for parents Deidre and Scott. “Never knowing what the next doctor’s appointment will bring, constantly wondering will Aiden ever talk, will he ever use a fork, will we ever get to hear him say ‘I Love You’” - those have been the most difficult realities.
Despite the fact Aiden has medical challenges, he is a very happy child and inspires his family with his progress, accomplishments and attitude. As a note to other families, Deidre and Scott say, “Live every day to the fullest and don’t allow the diagnoses to be a negative, turn it into a positive, allow it to be a learning experience for you and your family, allow your child to teach you as much as you will teach your child.”
Story by Stephanie Bond