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Mother of 9-year-old battling illness says he's beating the odds

Michael and his mom Katoya Stephens (Source:WALB) Michael and his mom Katoya Stephens (Source:WALB)
Michael Stephens was born with 22 Q deletion syndrome. (Source:WALB) Michael Stephens was born with 22 Q deletion syndrome. (Source:WALB)
Katoya Stephens, Mother (Source:WALB) Katoya Stephens, Mother (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The mother of a 9-year-old Albany boy battling several illnesses says he's defying the odds.

9-year-old Michael Stephens was born with 22 Q deletion syndrome. It causes complications to his organs.
He's had several heart surgeries, could possibly undergo brain surgery and he's experiencing hearing loss.
He's turning 10-years-old on Thursday.
Katoya Stephens says her son is beating the odds of how long doctors said he would live.

"We might have condensed time what the doctors say, but we're encouraged because he’s lived,” said Katoya Stephens, Mother. “He's already lived passed what he should've lived with his complications so you know we focus on life literally."

Salon Owner Tosh Sevier is throwing Michael a Homecoming Birthday bash on Saturday at Tift Park from 11 to 3. They’re still in need of food and funds for the event. Katoya Stephens says her son loves football, wrestling and would love to have a bike. Find out how you can help Michael’s big day by clicking here.

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