High 5 4 Kids: Paul Khaylon Coleman

High 5 4 Kids: Paul Khaylon Coleman

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - He's faced many challenges at just 7 years old, but he's making an incredible comeback.

If you look at Paul Khaylon Coleman's smile, you'll see a young boy filled with life and happiness.

"Looking at him, I feel like everything is possible," Khaylon's sister, Kybria Coleman, said.

Khaylon has been dealing with medical issues since he first entered the world.

Born at 32 weeks, he received open heart surgery at the age of 2. He had difficulties breathing on his own when he was first born, and recently had to have his foot amputated. At just 7 years old, he's dealt with more than the average person.

When Khaylon's mom, Paula Coleman, was just 13 weeks pregnant with him, doctor's detected that he would be sick. They told his mom that he would not live long.

Despite all the uncertainty, Paula decided to go through with the pregnancy.

"If it's meant for him to be taken away, I'll let God do it," she said. "I couldn't do it. I knew he would be sick. I just didn't know how sick he would be. When I had him, he came home on oxygen, a feeding tube. I had to learn how to do CPR and everything."

Due to a congenital defect from birth, Khaylon had to get his foot amputated over the summer, but that hasn't slowed him down, said Jerri Carroll, Khaylon's teacher.

"We were waiting for it to heal," Carroll said. "He went home on a Friday and came back on a Monday walking across the playground. It was amazing."

Khaylon is running and playing again, despite the doubts. He's even doing more than doctors expected.

"Anytime something happens and I'm like, 'You know what? I can't do this,' I turn and say, 'Look at my son. Look how hard he fought to be here,'" Coleman said. "'He's only 7.'"

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