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11/08/07 - Hughes Springs

East Texas Community Bans Together To Save "Baby Hayden"

An East Texas community bans together to save a nine month old, whose been fighting for his life, ever since he was born. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has the story of a town, pulling together to save the life of a daring baby boy.

Jayme Howell is like any other mother, proudly showing us pictures of her son. Jayme's son, Hayden was born with short bowel syndrome, which left him in the hospital for over six months, and now he needs transplants. "Right now he is on the donor list for a small bowel and intestine, he has to have these transplants because, that's the only way he's going to make it,"says Jayme. "It's really scary not knowing if he's gong to be able to get the transplant." Because of Hayden's condition his family had to move to Shreveport to be closer to his doctors. Despite them having to move, their hometown in Hughes Springs hasn't forgotten them. 

"Everyone asking about Hayden and wanting to know how he's doing. It has just meant the world to us," said Wanda Howell, Hayden's grandmother. Tracey Bailey, along with several other volunteers from the community are trying to raise money for Hayden to have his transplants. "The expenses are just astronomical. No child should be denied the chance to have a life because it's too expensive," said Bailey. "We're trying to get the community together, we're putting out donation cans. We have a web site, "Help for Hayden" that people can go to and donate money," said Bailey. Through Hayden's web site and flyers the Hughes Springs community hopes to bring awareness, about this brave baby's fight and the community whose rallying behind him."We're here to help them and this baby, how can you not help? You see his little face and how could you not help him,"said Bailey.  

If you would like to learn more about Hayden and his fight, as well as fundraising efforts for him and his family, you can log onto his web site, helpforhayden.com

LaKecia Shockley,Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 

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