MANSFIELD, Ohio — Six-year-old Ayden Houston has had a difficult life, but that certainly doesn't prevent him from following his dreams.
After being taken to the NICU due to a lack of oxygen immediately after birth, Ayden has suffered from a number of issues, including PEG, Cystic Fibrosis, GERD, GI disorder, MRSA with viral meningitis, CDIFF, and a blood clot disorder. Due to these conditions, he had no sweat glands, tear ducts, teeth, hair, or fingernails. He also can have trouble breathing ans speaking and deals with a deteriorating stomach, and his mom says he is sometimes plagued by low self-esteem and has struggled to make friends.
With Ayden set for major surgery next month, A Special Wish Foundation in Cleveland wanted to perk his spirits up. Ayden has always been a military buff and wants to grow up to be a member of the U.S. armed forces. So on Sunday, he was made an honorary member of the Mansfield Air National Guard.
Mansfield boy becomes honorary National Guard pilot
Ayden received the full honors, including a swearing in by two military officers and even his own flight suit. He and his family also got to tour the base and several aircraft, and received several gifts.