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Make-a-wish pays visit to little East Texan


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RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - What better gift, than the gift of play. We first introduced you to little Aiden Cross just over a year ago. Since he was four months old, Aiden has battled an extremely rare medical condition. Aiden is almost three, and his health problems have not slowed him down, yet.

Friday, folks with the Make-a-Wish Foundation surprised Aiden with a very special delivery.

"He loves surprises...when I come home from work everyday, 'Mimi, did you bring me a surprise,'" said Mimi.

"Mimi" blows up some balloons up as "Dad" ties them down. All the festivities were being prepared to make Aiden's special gift as special as possible.

"He loves to swing," said Mimi. "He loves to go down the slides. This will definitely impact his life. It'll definitely be hard to keep him in the house now."

It was not long before Aiden walked out of his house into his backyard to play on his very own playground.

"A lot of people go to Disneyland, and stuff like that, and that would have been good for us, but he's not going to remember," said David Cross, Aiden's dad. "He'll remember this. It'll be here forever."

Aiden was four months old when he diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. The condition causes his immune system to attack, not just the bad stuff, but also what keeps him healthy.

"His red blood cells, shredding those, his platelets, and his kidneys, directly," explained Christy Cross, Aiden's mom.

He is hooked up to a dialysis machine for 10 to 12 hours a day.

"This is just his normal routine," said Christy Cross. "He doesn't remember it being any other way."

But, with a little help from his father and his new swing set, more playing will become a part of the routine.

"This way, he'll have something to do," said David Cross. "We don't have to keep him cooped up or explain to him why we can't take him to the park."

"He actually told my husband, 'Daddy, I want my very own playground...and my own swing,'" said Christy Cross.

"Thanks for my playground!" said Aiden.

Aiden's parents say they hope to get him big and healthy enough to place him on the kidney transplant list soon.

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