When This 6-Year-Old Boy Fell Critically Ill, His Disney Cruise Suddenly Turned Into A Sea Rescue

When Brayden Webb fell ill on a Disney cruise, the ship’s doctor decided that the six-year-old needed urgent medical attention. But, of course, owing to the little boy’s location, getting him to the hospital wouldn’t be simple. In the end, then, it was up to the Coast Guard, which launched an epic sea rescue in a bid to help Brayden before it was too late.

The Webb family – mom Melanie, dad Allan, eldest child Ben and their twins Brayden and Bella – reside in the city of Calhoun in north Georgia. And in the summer of 2016, the clan were preparing themselves for the trip of a lifetime.

It had been Melanie and Allan’s dream, you see, to take their children on a Disney cruise. And that July, the Webbs duly set sail for an adventure that they would likely never forget. The family didn’t know at the time, however, that the vacation would be memorable in more ways than one.

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And as far as we know, the trip went smoothly until the Webbs’ final day at sea. On that occasion, the clan had started the day eager to enjoy all the fun activities available on board. By early afternoon, though, Braydon – usually the joker of the family – seemed a little out of sorts.

Recalling the events of that day, Allan told Fox 5 Atlanta in 2017, “So, we get up [that] Thursday, have breakfast [and] hit the waterslides on the ship.” He added, “[At] about noon, [Brayden] says, ‘Dad, I’m tired, I want to go lay down.” And although the concerned father thought that his son’s request was odd, he agreed to it anyway.

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Soon after, though, events took a worrying turn. “I take [Brayden] back to the room [while] my wife goes off with the other two [kids], and he sleeps for three and a half hours,” Allan recounted. The dad realized, then, that something was wrong with Brayden. And this in turn led him to take his son to see the ship’s doctor for a check-up.

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But although Allan’s parental instincts had clearly kicked in, perhaps nothing could have prepared him for what was about to happen. Alarmingly, little Brayden’s condition was deteriorating rapidly – much to the concern of his father. “By the time I got [Brayden] down to the infirmary, I was having to hold him in my arms,” the dad later revealed. “He just couldn’t move.”

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It turned out, too, that Brayden’s stomach was painful and swollen; the symptoms from which he was suffering, however, seemed to mystify the on-ship doctor. So, after completing a series of tests, the physician made a drastic and life-saving decision: he called the captain and had him stop the ship so that the Coast Guard could collect the sick child.

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And when the boat arrived to take the Webbs to shore, it was clear that the Coast Guard was in a hurry. “[From] the time they loaded [us] on a fast boat, to the time that we hit the doors of the ER, it was 30 minutes,” Allan later recalled.

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However, after Brayden and his family had finally made it to the emergency room in Miami, Florida, they received a devastating diagnosis; tragically, doctors at the hospital believed that the then six-year-old had abdominal cancer. And upon that bombshell, the Webbs chose to turn to their own physician back home for advice.

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The Webbs’ doctor suggested, moreover, that the family get Brayden “to the Aflac Cancer Center as soon as possible.” Naturally, then, Melanie and Allan heeded the medical professional’s advice. And in just a few hours they and their children were on a flight to Atlanta, after which they headed to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare.

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Shortly after the clan had arrived at the hospital, however, tests confirmed the horrible news: Brayden did indeed have cancer. A malignant tumor had spread through his abdomen, and worryingly the disease was already at stage three – meaning, on the whole, that the little boy’s prognosis did not look good.

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In an interview for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta website, Allan later revealed, “I asked the doctor, ‘What’s the over-under?’ He said, ‘Brayden has a 15 percent chance of surviving this.’” But while this revelation naturally devastated Brayden’s family, they were nevertheless determined to fight the illness.

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In order to kill the cancer, then, Brayden underwent 14 grueling rounds of chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy. And thankfully, the treatment appeared to work. In October 2016, you see, mom Melanie announced on Facebook that her son’s tumor had disappeared.

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In Melanie’s update, the elated mother wrote, “PRAISE GOD! We got the results of Brayden’s MRI, and it is showing that his tumor is gone! To God goes all the glory! And to you, prayer warriors, goes a huge thank you!”

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Even so, Melanie added, Brayden wasn’t out of the woods just yet. In particular, he still needed surgery to verify that the cancer was indeed gone. Yet it seems that the subsequent operation was a success, as in early 2017 – nine months after his initial diagnosis – doctors gave Brayden the all-clear. Yes, he was finally officially cancer-free.

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Describing the moment that he realized Brayden’s battle was over, Allan said that he felt as though his son had turned a corner. “After nine months, my wife and I were presented with a healthy boy. It was like having Brayden born all over again,” he said to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Indeed, now that the cancer was gone, Brayden and his family could look forward to their futures together once again. And the Webbs would remain forever grateful for the expert care that their little boy had received from the talented staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Following Brayden’s ordeal, his relieved father said, in fact, “We thank God that we live near Atlanta and the Aflac Cancer Center. It’s amazing how much love is in this building and how dedicated and devoted [the staff] are to this cause.”

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Despite his all-clear, Brayden will continue to visit the Aflac Cancer Center every three months for scans. In the meantime, though, the youngster is busy creating memories of a lifetime with his family. And judging by his dad’s Facebook page, it appeared that the little boy made it to Disneyland after all – and in Paris, France, too.

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