No parent wants to hear that their newborn baby boy only has a 10% chance of survival. Yet that is the news Brady and Janelle Irwin heard just 11 months after their second child, Grayson, a seemingly healthy, stout baby boy was born. Grayson had been diagnosed with Infant T-Cell Leukemia and given only a 10% chance of survival.
Within hours, the Irwin’s were in the hospital for further testing and lab work. Grayson’s white blood cell (WBC) count was 378,000. The average for a child his age would have been around 10,000. Doctors immediately started giving Grayson blood and platelet transfusions. In just 12 hours, the lives of the Irwin family had been turned completely upside down.