Miracle Flights, Southwest fly sick children to treatment at no charge
A 7-year-old Fort Worth boy and his family will board a flight to New York later this week for free thanks to a decades-old program that's offered tens of thousands of similar life-saving trips.
WFAA met Connor Wheatley at a garage sale in the driveway of his Fort Worth home.
"I am the boss and my brother is the manager,” he told WFAA.
The frequent garage sales are part of his family’s attempt to raise money for some of Connor’s frequent and expensive trips to a specialist in New York.
His condition is called Chiari Malformation. It’s a genetic disorder in which the skull is abnormally small or misshapen, allowing brain tissue to extend down into the spinal canal. For Connor it meant delays in walking and balance, limits to his sense of touch and taste, and the potential for serious developmental delays.
"They're not pressing against the brain stem, but they're pretty darn close,” his dad Don Wheatley explained.
So darn close that surgery has been necessary, where titanium was used to restructure portions of his skull. And surgery is needed again.