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Jaxon Strong is a 15-month-old boy who doctors thought wouldn’t live long past birth.

But Jaxon, whose birth name is Jaxon Buell, has been deemed a medical miracle — and got to have a special meeting with Santa Claus himself this year.

Jaxon’s father nicknamed him “Jaxon Strong” because of his inspiring strength. He was born with microhydranencephaly, a rare developmental abnormality that affects the brain, causing part of his skull to be missing.

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Despite doctors’ predictions, Jaxon lived past his first birthday and is celebrating his second Christmas season with his parents, Brandon and Brittany. They posted some new photos taken at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida.

Screen-Shot-2015-12-14-at-10.05.18-AMJaxon’s parents say he is even starting to communicate by lifting his head and forming words on his own. Brandon Buell regularly posts videos of Jaxon to show his son’s progress at home.

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