The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

September 3, 2013

Ottumwa boy to have open heart surgery

OTTUMWA – Little 18-month-old Jaxson Dodson loves music, cuddling and eating — banana is his favorite flavor. He has come a long way. In fact, doctors didn’t expect him to survive to birth. With multiple surgeries and more to come, including major heart surgery today, this little guy has captured a lot of hearts.

Cynthia Beverlin remembers the joy of learning she was pregnant with a baby boy during her 20-week ultrasound. Like any young expectant mom, she immediately contacted family members and updated her Facebook status with the good news.

However, that joy quickly turned to heartbreak when just four hours later, she received a chilling call from the doctor telling her that ultrasound results showed that her baby boy has “multiple anomalies,” problems with his brain, heart, face and feet.

One week later, she traveled to Des Moines for a level-two ultrasound so doctors could get a better look at her baby. This revealed a fluid filled cyst on his brain, bilateral cleft lip and palate, a heart defect (three heart chambers instead of four and an extra artery), clubfeet and six toes on each foot.

Doctors told her that babies with this many problems typically don’t survive through pregnancy. Cynthia was advised that it would be best if she abort her baby.

“There was no way I could live with myself knowing I didn’t give him a chance. This had to be God’s choice, not mine,” Cynthia said, opting to proceed with the pregnancy.

The next step, amniocentesis, revealed a bit of good news — no chromosome disorders were detected.

“I didn’t like being counseled about aborting my baby,” Cynthia said, opting to switch doctors and head to the high-risk unit in Iowa City. She told them from the start she didn’t want any negativity. She was ready to fight for her baby and give him every chance she could.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0801 OTT Five Things logo -L T Five things to do in southeast Iowa OTTUMWA — Celebrate summer in a variety of ways and in several communities this weekend. Many towns are holding festivals, shows and events all centered around the summer theme, so head out while it's warm. 1. "Summer Shorts" is the Davis County Play

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

  • OCSD releases elementary supplies list

    OTTUMWA — For years, parents of the students in Ottumwa's elementary schools have had to check to make sure the school supplies list they grabbed was the right one for their school. No more.

    July 30, 2014

  • Reducing runoff at the local level AGENCY — Pollution isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you look out at a field of Iowa corn or soybeans, but there’s growing concern about what manages to get out of the fields and into the water. The same nutrients that benefit the crops c

    July 30, 2014

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT Better Buildings -T -M Wildwood could be your home OTTUMWA — There was always one child per class who just adored school. If they went to Wildwood, they may soon be able to move in permanently. The Ottumwa board of education met Monday, where staff told them where the district stood as far as "facili

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook