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Help Easton Fight
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A young omaha couple excited to be parents, only to find that the first year of their baby's life has been a tough road.

Easton DeJong, 1, has already had 10 surgeries before his first birthday in June. Easton's parents want to share their son's miracle story and raise awareness.

"I guess I never had thought of that happening. So for them to say that, I was shocked, I was in disbelief," Danielle Orris, Easton's mom recalls.

When Orris was 23 weeks pregnant, doctors told her her son would be born without kidneys or a bladder.

When he was born seven weeks premature, ultrasounds showed Easton's kidneys were conjoined in his pelvic area, but still wouldn't function to clean his blood.

"I was worried. I didn't want anything to happen to my first kid," his father Brenden DeJong recalled.

On top of this, Easton suffers from other medical ailments, including being born with and extra rib. He's also awaiting spinal surgery. He was born with a rare penal-scrotal transposition.

Doctors told Orris it could have been from a time Easton's blood supply was cut off, but they weren't sure, she said.

At 23 weeks, Orris said she was told Easton probably wouldn't make it, and they were giving the option to abort but "she couldn't do it."

Now, after one year, DeJong and Orris call Easton their miracle. He's had 10 surgeries from hernia repair to getting catheters put in for dialysis. He also gets kidney dialysis twice a week for almost four hours each session. Easton will eventually get a transplant, but he needs to gain more weight first.

"Babies with chronic renal failure don't grow as fast as kids who are healthy so it takes longer for him to get, as big as another child who doesn't have kidney problems," said Dr. Terri Mauch at the Nebraska Med Center.

While Easton's parents wait for him to get up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds), he weighs 9.1kg right now, they fight. They have taken to the web to raise money for their son's treatment and awareness about kidney disease. They've started selling t-shirts and bracelets, saying "help Easton fight."

For more on Easton's fight, visit his Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/helpeastonfight
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CWIZZY 330 points
This family so deserves to be nominated to be on your show!  Amazing story from Omaha NE and amazing couple, and amazing lil man Easton!!!!
+9 votes
Aug 21, 2015
D.Specht
I've been following Easton's story for quite a while. I saw the before and after pictures as he prepared, underwent & recovered from surgery for receiving his fathers kidney!  It was emotional just seeing the pictures, I cant imagine living it.  He and his parents are such an inspiration and the world deserves to meet this sweet boy!
+8 votes
Aug 21, 2015
Laura Swanson DeJong 330 points
This is my sweet grandson Easton Michael.  His daddy is my oldest son.  The journey these young kids/parents have been on is just amazing.  We are so proud of them and their great strength.  There are no words to describe the feelings of  knowing that my son was a perfect match to donate his kidney to his son and give him new life.  The emotions are just overwhelming.  It has definitely been a journey, one we are glad to be a part of.   We are blessed to have Easton a part of our lives.  I think you would , no I know you would just LOVE Easton and his spunky, fun, happy personality.  You should check out his FB page  "Help Easton Fight" and watch the great videos .    He is one amazing and strong little miracle created by God.  
One proud Mema <3
+6 votes
Aug 21, 2015
Heather Exon Eurek 230 points
And he has the brightest most beautiful baby blue eyes.
+4 votes
Aug 21, 2015
alabamanana 200 points
I am fighting renal failure and I admire this family more than I can say.  Please give them this trip that they so deserve.  I'm glad Easton won't be going through what I am going through.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone.  It is torment with worry every single day if this is the day my kidney fails me like the first one did.  Much love to Easton and his wonderful family!!!!
+3 votes
Aug 21, 2015
Joan Greaves 210 points
Easton is the sweetest little warrior.
+3 votes
Aug 21, 2015
April Miller 1 230 points
Eastons story gets EVEN BETTER! This family deserves recognition!
+3 votes
Aug 21, 2015
Terri Carlson 210 points
This family has endured so much but never gave up.  They would be an inspiration to America.   They are an inspiration to us in Omaha, Nebraska.  Truly an uplifting story!
+3 votes
Aug 22, 2015
Amy E. Gammon 180 points
Easton is a big fighter in a little body and he deserves to win!
+2 votes
Aug 21, 2015
McCallKelly 220 points
I whole heartedly belive this story deserves recognition. I admire Danielle and her family.  It's a tough job being a parent and they have went through more than I can even imagine. I love that they keep spreading awareness about Easton. Easton has endured so much already in his life. I would definitely say he's a miracle baby! Strong baby boy! Help Easton fight by spreading his story! :)
+2 votes
Aug 21, 2015
anonymous
Keep getting stronger every day <3 hugs <3
+1 vote
Aug 21, 2015
Grace Farmer 170 points
I have been following Easton for over a year, this is an amazing story that has touched my heart!
+1 vote
Aug 21, 2015
Carol Ross 170 points
This lil family has been through so much. Easton is truly a fighter and blessed with amazing Mommy & Daddy!
+1 vote
Aug 22, 2015
lthomas 160 points
I've been following Easton's story since my great grandson, Weston, was born.  Weston was also born without kidney's.  This young family has been through so much but our God is good all the time.  I have an Easton Tee shirt!
+1 vote
Aug 22, 2015
anonymous
This sweet baby boy has been through enough pain. It's time for him to have some well deserved joy! He deserves some recognition for all the distress he's had to endure..especially recognition from the loving, caring, selfless Ellen!!
+1 vote
Aug 27, 2015
Angie Vest Hunt 290 points
I've been following Easton's heartbreaking story on Facebook and absolutely fell in love with him and his infectious smile. This sweet baby boy has had to endure way more than any baby should. He's such a fighter and now it's time for him to enjoy some recognition..especially from the amazing, compassionate, selfless Ellen!!
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Aug 27, 2015
anonymous
I have been following baby Easton since he was born.  What an amazing story, Wow!  He is such a F I G H T E R!  I hurt when he hurt, I was happy when he was happy, I was sick when he was sick.  It broke my heart to see all the pain and suffering he was going through and the hurt in his family's eyes watching him go through this, but seeing what God has made him today, and seeing how happy and proud Danielle and Brenden are of this precious little guy has made me happy!  This story DEFINITELY needs to be on Ellen!
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Aug 27, 2015