Miracle Boy celebrates milestone birthday after doctors told his family he would never live to be older than 12

With the times of death, life and miracles, it is fitting to hear stories of people defying death in the form of daunting medical prognosis and experiencing the wonder that life really is.

Dylan Young was born with a rare condition that became apparent when he was six months old. When he was just six months old, he had his first seizure.

Just a few years later, in kindergarten, the boy had up to 200 seizures a day. His family eventually received a diagnosis: hemimegalencephaly, a condition in which one half of the brain is deformed.

But that was only the first step. Young Dylan was barely able to function on any level due to the constant seizures. His father Bryan told WZTV that he barely survived and certainly did not thrive.


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The only real solution was to remove part of the boy’s brain — a horrible decision for any parent, but in the end it was the right one for Dylan, who doctors said probably won’t live past his 12th birthday would create.

“This is the little guy that we were so determined not to make here,” Bryan said. “At the worst we had 150-200 seizures a day.

“It got to the point where we spent 280 days in Vanderbilt during his kindergarten year. So from the symptoms he was 6 years old, weighed 32 pounds and was functioning like a 2 year old.

“He didn’t want to eat anything. Letting him eat a chicken nugget as a 5-year-old was an event.”

But on April 1st, Dylan turned 18. And he had a special request for this milestone birthday – a request that made the Highland Rim Speedway Facebook page popular.

“Dylan Young is a young man who shouldn’t live past 12, but he’s beat the odds that his 18th birthday will be on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.,” he said post Office read by the group.

“Dylan has asked for race cars and big trucks to drive past his house and make noise. Veterans of Motorplex would like to invite all racers to come out on Friday night and help this special young man…”


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And the people delivered. On April 1, while Dylan was sitting in a chair on the lawn in Brentwood, Tennessee, one car after another drove by. The joy was written all over the young man’s face.

There were sports cars, race cars, dump trucks and more. There were a lot of people in attendance to celebrate Dylan – even clowns – and his mother said the day was such a success that when he woke up the next morning he immediately went outside and looked for more.

“Thank you for the wonderful memories you created for Dylan and all the thoughtful gifts!!” his mother, Catie Young, she wrote on behalf of the family in a comment on the Highland Rim Speedway post. “He loves them all!! Our family has definitely been blessed with wonderful new friends!! Some of the most beautiful souls we have ever met.

“#VeteransMotorPlex Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the Family Season Pass!! The years of memories this will bring to our family are absolutely priceless. You will definitely see this family very soon and often!! Just wonderful!! Thanks very much!!!

“Charlie Hot Rod Jackson you are an angel on earth with a really gorgeous big red nose!!! We are so thankful that God crossed our paths. Lots of love to you all and your willingness to put a smile on the face of a special 18 year old!”


Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she has devoted herself to writing and is particularly fond of animal-related subjects.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t know exactly how. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with an MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, and wrote her thesis on metacognitive development and literacy transfer in freshmen.
She has a range of interests that keep her busy including trying new recipes, enjoying the great outdoors, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, observing people, developing curriculum and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she had blue-green hair.
In addition to a book in the works on productive communication strategies, Amanda writes and illustrates a number of children’s books with her husband Edward.


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