Lisa Pleasants-Smith gave birth to her second child in Florida 20 years ago, panic swept across the delivery room upon her son's birth. Jaimeson Pleasant is born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a condition that affects facial development. Lisa later adopted a child suffering from the similar medical condition. Anderson and Jaimeson are now each other support system and both the boys plan to attend college soon, planning to do majors in their favorite fields and live their dreams.
#1 Jaimeson Is Born With A Rare Condition That Affects His Facial Features Severly
Jaimeson Pleasants when born 20 years ago, the delivery room erupted into chaos. Jaimeson was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a condition that affects facial development, and was born without cheeks, jaw and part of both ears. Lisa Pleasants-Smith, of Williamsville, at the time of birth, said, "We just heard this little 'hah' sound like a little gasp and I said why isn’t the baby crying."
#2 Jaimeson Says Growing Up He Has Been Bullied Through Out His Life
Lisa says they were not told about their son's condition for 2 hours, "We weren't told for about two hours that they suspected it was Treacher Collins Syndrome." Now, 20, Jamieson is a healthy young man who is living his life to the fullest, but growing up things were never very easy for him.
As a child, Jaimeson was born as a girl but with time the child was transitioned into a female. Jamieson says the world has been cruel to him growing up and he had to face a lot of bullying, to the point that he felt alone or felt like he did not belong.
#3 Thankfully Jaimeson Have His Brother Andy With Him
Lucky for him, Jaimeson has his brother Andy along with his side, all thanks to that one phone call that Lisa received from the adoption agency one day. Lisa was told on the phone that they have a kid with the similar congenital disorder as their son. Would she like to adopt him? Lisa in a heartbeat said yes.
#4 Andy Has Brought New Meaning To Jaimeson's Life
Anderson's presence in the Pleasants's family brought a new meaning of happiness to the family. Jamieson bonded with Andy in a new way, both the boys could relate to the daily struggles and have become each other strengths over the time.
#5 Andy Does Not Suffer From TCS
Over the time, Lisa started to suspect, her adopted son Andy does not have the same facial condition as her son and to confirm her doubt she took Andy to the doctor. Doctors confirmed Lisa's fears and she was told that Andy suffers from a condition called Goldenhar syndrome, a condition similar to TCS in terms of affecting the facial features but also affects lungs, neck and spine.
#6 Lisa Feels Proud Of Her Decision
Although adopting a second child with special needs was a risk for Lisa but she has never regretted her decision for once. Both her sons will be off to college soon and are living lives to their fullest, they overcome their struggles together and are there for each other during the hard times. Knowing both her children have each other's back, Lisa now lives a less worried life.
#7 Both The Boys Plan To Major From Their Favorite Fields
Both will graduate from Williamsville East High School in June, then they’re off to RIT. Jaimeson will major in mechanical engineering and Anderson will study political science. Anderson also had his wish come true through make-a-wish foundation and the lucky kid got to perform with Twenty-one pilots. Andy is looking forward to speaking at the TEDx Youth Buffalo conference on March 8th.