Child with two faces turns 13 years old
When Tres Johnson was born, doctors gave him no chance of survival. The little boy came into the world with an extremely rare disease that left him with a life-threatening deformity. Now his mother has revealed his controversial and inspiring story.
Brandy and Joshua Johnson from Missouri looked forward to the arrival of their third child and had even picked a very appropriate name: Tres. But when their son was born, they instantly knew that something was very wrong and the doctors' diagnosis left them devastated.
Tres was born with a craniofacial duplication that completely deformed his face — his eyes are so widely separated that they leave him with peripheral vision, and his nostrils split in a way that he seems to have two faces. Before Tres, there were only 36 known cases of this condition and none of the sufferers survived. That is why the the doctors didn't give his parents any hope.
The skull deformity put pressure on Tres's brain, which also affected his cognitive ability. Doctors predicted that he would never learn to speak or walk properly. But Tres's parents knew that if the doctors had already made a mistake in predicting that Tres would not survive, they could also be wrong about this.
Unfortunately, not everyone shared the same vision as Brandy and Joshua. Many strangers told them that they should "put him down" because the child did not deserve to live with such a deformity. But thankfully his parents didn't listen to those heartless people.
As the years passed, it was discovered that Tres also suffered from epilepsy. In the worst moments he suffered 400 attacks a day and the doctors had no idea how to treat his condition. His parents investigated on their own and found something that the doctors hadn't considered. It was a discovery that would change Tres's life completely: cannabis oil!
Thanks to this oil, the child's health improved by leaps and bounds. "I did a lot of research and the first week using cannabis oil his seizures went down to under 40 a day. He is cognitively improving and his size more than doubled, he was under 40lbs and now is pushing 77lbs, he is constantly growing stronger and smarter. Using cannabis oil is the best decision I ever made," explained Tres's mother.
Despite the bleak prognosis, Tres has truly beaten the odds and recently turned 13! "Tres reaching the age of 13 is a huge deal, it’s surreal knowing he’s made it this far, the past 13 years have been nothing but a fight for survival," said Brandy.
"I lost count of the amount of times we were told he wouldn’t make it but here he is today a teenager, we now ignore their predictions and just focus on one day at a time," she continued.
The family has a GoFundMe page where they accept donations. It's inspiring to see how Brandy, Joshua and Tres refuse to give up and still enjoy their family life to the fullest despite the difficulties. Tres is obviously a fighter and he and his family have shown that where there is hope, there is life!