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.
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.