Jackson Co boy receives free Miracle Flight for medical treatment

Jackson Co boy receives free Miracle Flight for medical treatment

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A young Jackson County boy born with a rare form of dwarfism is about to take a "Miracle Flight" to see a specialist.

He needs to see a doctor in Delaware who specializes in caring for patients who are dwarfs. A non-profit organization decided to fly in to help out.
 
Levi Krystosek is one active 10-year-old, which makes his mom really nervous. 

"The neurosurgeon in Birmingham told me that regular horseplay could be catastrophic to him, like a simple headlock it could kill him. You want him to live life, but it's scary. It's scary," said Dona Krystosek.

Levi has a rare, debilitating type of dwarfism. It's so rare, there are only 22 documented cases in the world. Calcium can't absorb into his bones, so as Levi grows, the weight of his body causes the bones to bend. Krystosek said Levi needs to see an orthopedic surgeon in Delaware.

"They're going to do a bunch of x-rays and evaluate to see if there's anything surgically they can do to fix the curves in his spine," said Krystosek.
 
On June 22, Levi and his mom will fly to Delaware for free. The trip was made possible by "Miracle Flights", an organization that flies sick children and their families around the country for much-needed medical treatment.

"When you get that approval, it's like thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm going to cry," said Krystosek.

The mother and son have taken "Miracle Flights" 12 times before, but this journey will be extra special.
 
"This flight is exciting. It's their 100,000th flight and I think it's really neat that Levi is the child that gets to celebrate that milestone with them," said Krystosek.
  
 Krystosek just wants her son to grow up and enjoy a pain free, productive life.

"It's just relief and happiness. I mean, he's just an outgoing child and we're doing pretty good because we have Miracle Flight's help with this," said Krystosek.

The family is encouraging people to donate to the "Fly It Forward" campaign to support the Miracle Flights program. The goal is to raise $200,000. Every $20 raised equals 25 miles of travel for a child.

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