Ja’bari Gray was born ten months ago, on 1st January 2019 in Texas. He was born with very little skin, only on parts of his body. For the last ten months, he has been in the hospital undergoing a number of surgeries to help improve his condition. And he is in a better condition now!
Ja’bari was born to parents Priscilla Maldonado and Marvin Gray. The doctors were not hopeful about his life and had suggested the parents to ‘pull the plug’ on him. When he was born, Ja’bari did not have any skin from the neck down, from the front and back nothing. There was no skin on his body and even on parts of his legs.
But Ja’bari was a fighter, and he fought through. In the last ten months, his skin was grown inside a Boston lab that specializes in burn victims. Then it was transplanted on the 10-month-old boy.
Now, owing to the transplant, Ja’bari has made his journey from gauges to onesies. He is now not only able to wear clothing, but he’s also been able to have skin-to-skin contact with his mother and receive kisses. Priscilla Maldonado, his mother, revealed that they had been waiting for almost a year now, to be able to touch and hold him.
This kind of a transplant had never been done, and thus it was a huge risk. Moreover, Ja’bari is just a little baby, and that made the case even more tricky. After the operation, his mom got to hold him for the first time, and she was overjoyed. She said to ABC that it was so heartwarming to see him wear clothes and to be able to touch him finally.
The name “Ja’bari” means fighter and warrior, and it is the most appropriate name this baby could get. Priscilla Maldonado is grateful to God and medical science, for granting them this miracle.