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Daytyn enjoyed four days in Florida, swimming daily at a resort and visiting Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Cocoa Beach.

But on the fifth day while visiting SeaWorld, the usually vibrant Daytyn became lethargic, and his parents took him to the hospital.

The following morning, Daytyn died after complaining of pain, leaving his parents with questions about what caused his death.

“He got his Make-A-Wish. After the beach, he was just satisfied, I guess,” Desi said.

He was born with a long list of birth defects, including cardiac problems that required three heart surgeries, a tethered spinal cord and a leg that only had one bone and was amputated.

Daytyn also had problems with his kidneys, esophagus and trachea. Up until his death, Daytyn had to use a colostomy bag and spent 14 hours every night connected to feeding tubes.

But those challenges never affected Daytyn’s outlook, his parents said.

“He was happy. He never, ever complained about anything,” Angie said.

“He came out of surgery smiling sometimes,” Desi said.

Daytyn had knee surgery about 14 months ago and later got a prosthetic leg. He began walking on his own for the first time last fall.

“That was amazing for him because he never saw the world from above; he always saw it from below,” Angie said.

17 posted on 04/21/2011 8:47:24 AM PDT by kcvl
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What a brave little angel.

19 posted on 04/21/2011 8:50:57 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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