Terminally ill child given life expectancy of 10 celebrates 10th birthday, surpasses expectations

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 23:22:42-04

A Central Texas boy, given a life expectancy of 10 years, celebrated his 10th birthday Tuesday. 

"When Logan got closer to his second birthday, and he was still showing signs of developmental delay and not picking up the things he needed to be doing, the doctor said why don't we just do a genetic blood test," Doris Parker, mother of terminally-ill Logan Parker, said. 

The disease makes it hard for his brain and body to communicate, but despite the odds, Logan celebrated a milestone.

"Logan had a disease called Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease, and [the doctor] said that there was no cure, no treatment and was fatal," Parker said. 

The doctor told the Parkers that PMD only affects every 1 in 500,000 newborns, and most children with the disease don't live past their 10th birthday. 

But despite this, Logan celebrated his 10th birthday surrounded by friends and family at Grand Avenue Theater in Belton. 

Happy birthday Logan! 

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