And after Austin came into the world, doctors warned his mother, Kera Niehus, that her son probably wouldn’t live to turn one year old. However, Austin proved himself to be a fighter, and, eventually, he grew into an energetic young man.
In 2016, then, Austin was 15 years old; at that point, however, he had already undergone more than 50 reconstructive surgeries. Because he had been born with half of his jaw missing, over the years doctors have had to repair his palate and correct his cleft lip. Austin has also endured bone grafts, a tracheotomy and ear surgery.
Sadly, those procedures weren’t the only challenges that Austin has had to overcome in his short life. From an early age, the youngster had also found himself the victim of heartless bullies, who picked on him for how he looked.