He's known as the flood baby of 2010, and if it wasn't for the historic flood that devastated Middle Tennessee, Jaidyn Brown, 2, may not be alive, according to his mother.
The toddler was taken to Pediatric Partners in Smyrna for a checkup Tuesday, but it's a miracle that he's even alive. To understand why, you have to go back two years.
"April 30th, which was on a Friday, it started raining that afternoon," said mother Casey Brown.
On that rain-soaked Friday, Jaidyn made his way into this world.
It took days for that rain to finally stop falling, and his grandmother still jokes about it.
"She said, 'When they broke my water, I flooded out Nashville,'" Brown said.
Jaidyn was scheduled to go home that Saturday, but because of the flood, doctors decided not to discharge him yet.
It's a good thing they didn't, because the mother and newborn may have been caught in the middle of the mess that included cars and the Lighthouse Christian School Hope building floating down Interstate 24 in Antioch.
"Because of the flood, I had to stay an extra night," Brown said. "And he quit breathing at the hospital, and they caught that he had sleep apnea. That saved his life."
Jaidyn has had his ups and downs so far during his short life, and he's not out of the woods yet. Every day is a struggle.
"He has chronic lung disease, severe acid reflux disease and also dysphasia," Brown said.
About a month after he was born, Jaidyn stopped breathing and had to go on life support for two weeks. But he ended up pulling through that as well.
"He's still here," Brown said. "They told me I wouldn't see his first birthday, but I see number two now."
Brown said Jaidyn is her little miracle and will forever be known as the flood baby of 2010.
Jaidyn still needs to undergo at least two more surgeries, according to his mother, but she's praying he makes it through those as well.
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