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Boy Who Underwent 22 Brain Surgeries Has His First Day Of Kindergarten

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The first day of school is a milestone for every child and their parents, but for one Chesterfield County family it was an extra special day worthy of a celebration.

A few years ago, if you were to ask India and Shirley, the mothers of 5-year-old Dylan Lipton-Lesser, if they thought they'd ever see their son walk through the doors of a school, they would probably say no.


Just after birth, Dylan was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. The extra fluid causes the spaces in the brain to widen, which can lead to serious complications. Hydrocephalus can affect both cognitive and physical development, but with surgery, therapy and rehabilitation, affected children can lead normal lives with some limitations.

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Dylan's journey with hydrocephalus has been a long road, but his family never gave up hope. The little boy has already been through countless hospital visits and underwent 22 surgeries to treat his condition.

In 2013, he developed a moderate hearing loss problem, but about a year later he was fitted with hearing aids. His parents filmed the special moment, which ended up going viral.

Now, four years since the world first heard Dylan's story, he has taken some amazing strides and like every child his age, he has enrolled in school and looked super adorable on his first day.

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