He defied all odds: Born without a brain, boy dies in his sleep at the age of 12

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA (WITI) -- A boy who was born without a brain and defied all odds has peacefully died in his sleep at the age of 12, according to KSLA.

The boy had a rare condition in which his brain’s cerebral hemispheres were gone and replaced with cerebro-spinal fluid. There is no cure or treatment.

Trevor Judge Waltrip was born on Christmas Eve 2001, with just a brain stem and hydranencephaly, according to KSLA. He died in his sleep on Monday, August 25th.

Waltrip was blind and unable to verbally communicate, but he did breathe, have a heartbeat and could respond to some stimulus.

“He’s so alert and hates to be alone,” his mother Elizabeth told KSLA.

Doctors were originally unsure if he would make it past 12 weeks. Babies with his condition generally don’t live to birth.

The family is asking for help to cover his funeral costs.

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