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Hayden resides in his home with his two siblings and parents.  He requires 24 hour care which is provided soley by his parents.  The financial strain created by these circumstances (which includes medical supplies for Hayden) is immence and can be incredibly stressful.  Due to the demands of Hayden's care, his parents sleep in shifts, leave the house in shifts, and rarely leave his side.  Hayden's "hospital room" is set up in the the living room and the household revolves completely around him, his needs, and his antics.  Even in a coma Hayden finds ways to exude his silly, goofy, onry side which helps keep spirits light and laughter in the home. In addition to his brain injury, he struggles constantly with seizures and respiratory issues; he needs your prayers!  Please read below about this amazing young man, he's beautiful on the inside and on the outside, and he's easy to fall in love with.


Hayden's Story.

John Hayden Stanley was born on August 12th, 1992; our beautiful Hayden, our first born, our over achiever, our precious boy.  At 14 he already had his top college choices picked and his career goals set.  He wanted to play football for either Notre Dame, the University of Texas, or Texas Christian University; he wanted to teach history at either high school or collegiate level.  He'd been in the gifted program at the Phelps center since second grade, he was involved in jazz band, orchestra, symphany, journalism, debate, and was a leader in the Fellowhip of Christian Athletes.  He lived for football and playing his electric base, and he had more friends than most of us make in a lifetime.  He was generous and funny, goofy and caring, honest and trustworthy.  Hayden is someone that even we as parents look up to; his spirit has always been a bright ray of sunshine to every life he's touched.
After being hit by a car, Hayden spent four weeks in NICU with less than a 1% chance of surviving.  We were told daily, sometimes twice daily to be prepared to lose him at any time.  He initially spent 6 weeks at Cox and was then transferred to St. Louis Childrens Hospital where he spent another 13 weeks.  Words can't adequately describe the devastation and loss of seeing our first born almost die in the street in front of us, and to have to stand by helpless just when he needed us the most.  As difficult as this tragedy has been on our family, God has been vigilantly by our sides, carrying us through the hard times.  God put some amazing people in the right place, at the right time the night of the accident to make sure our beautiful Hayden would live.  It's been almost 6 years now since the accident and Hayden is still with us, slowly progressing all the time.  We believe that God loves Hayden even more than we do, that God is hurting more than us that His child has been hurt so tragically, and we stand firm in our belief that God will bring Hayden back to us!  We pray feverently for full restoration for Hayden and are standing in faith that our prayers will be answered.  Please stand united with us in prayer for Hayden, and faith that God will raise him up.
"Lord, don't trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you.  Just say the word from where you are, and my Hayden will be healed." Luke 7: 6-7
"Young man," he said, "I tell you, get up." Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother." Luke 7:14-15