Backstreet Boy Opens Up About His Son’s Rare Illness And The Hardest Part Of Parenting A Sick Kid

Brian Littrell is known as one of the members of one of the most successful boy band of all time. The Backstreet Boys have been around since the 90s, and haven’t seemed to let up at all. They perform in countless concerts every year, and continue to make every 90s kid smile with their classic songs.

Even though they have been busy over the last 20 years, many of the band members have found time to have a family. Brian Littrell met model and actress Leighanne Wallace during the video shoot for “As Long As You Love Me” and they quickly fell in love. By 1999, they were engaged, and then in September 2000, they were married.

The two welcomed their son Baylee Thomas Wylee Littrell on November 26th, 2002. However, when his son turned six they found something that would connect the young boy to his dad in a surprising and unexpected way, a way no parent would want.

Brian Littrell was diagnosed with a heart murmur when he was born. It lead to several complications over his life, including an open heart surgery in 1998.

His heart murmur was incredibly dangerous. “I was born with what they call a VSD, which is a ventricular septal defect,” Littrell explained. “It is known as a heart murmur. Fast forward in my life when I was five years old. I was in the hospital for two months, where I was clinically supposed to die. I had a zero percent chance of living. I had a bacterial infection called bacterial endocarditis. Again like I said a zero percent chance of living.”

He managed to survive, but it wasn’t the end of his troubles. “It is only by the grace of God that I am here today. We fast forward to when I was 18. I was a Backstreet Boy. I left home to pursue the entertainment world,” Littrell said. “At 23 I had open heart surgery to repair my VSD. So as we talk about faith and as we talk about our journey in life being a heart patient, and being a man of faith and the church; it has always been my stronghold in life. It has always been my compass. God has walked with me every step of the way as a I am heart patient even today.”

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After managing to survive this traumatic event, Littrell was able to use his fame for good. He was able to found his own charity to help others suffering from similar issues called the Brian Littrell’s “Healthy Heart Club” For Kids. It is  a non-profit organization that assists families who have children with heart conditions with their medical, financial, and practical help.

However, never in a million years did Littrell think that he would need to worry about his own child’s heart, but unfortunately, that was the unique connection that he and his son shared…

Woman Thanks The Firefighters Who Saved Her Life After 150 Foot Fall

It would normally be a death sentence for anyone unlucky enough to find themselves in her position. When Taylor Theirault found herself at a party in December of 2016, she had no reason to believe that her night would be anything but fun.

The 26-year-old woman was celebrating at a friend’s apartment building, when she fell out of an open window. The apartment was a towering 15 floors straight up, and Theirault didn’t even have time to consider that this was the end.

Luckily for her, something broke her fall. A snow-covered air-conditioning unit sticking out of the third floor was jutting out far enough for her to land on. Despite falling 12 stories onto the hard, metal machine, Theirault was still alive, and holding on.

When fire crews arrived, they were in shock that she was still on the AC unit. They didn’t hesitate and carefully pulled her limp body safely to the ground.

They rushed her to the hospital where her real fight began.

Music Helped Deaf Boy Recover His Hearing And Become A Top Conductor

Robert Guy lived in silence for most of his young life. He was born 70% deaf, but he didn’t let that stop him from accomplishing his dreams. He spent much of his childhood in and out of hospitals, trying to help clear up his ears.

Guy said that “I started on the piano because I came from a musical family and my nana taught half of Llay village.” That was when they started to realize that something wasn’t right.

He hadn’t noticed that his hearing had been off because he knew no different. “When you’re young you just think that what you’re hearing is just normal. But other people at school started to realize.”

Guy was given a surgery that would change his life forever. They were able to operate on his ears and help bring back his hearing. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing after the surgery. “After the operation I wouldn’t get in the car because I was terrified of the engine,” he said.

But after everything settled and his hearing started to come back, he was able to take his life in an unexpected direction…

A Broken Neck Couldn’t Stop Football Player From Returning To The Field

Athletes, by nature, risk serious injury every time they step out on the field, court, pitch, diamond, or rink. The higher the level of competition, the greater the risk of injury.

In September 2015, Devon Gales was a wide receiver and special teams player for Southern University. Southern was in Georgia to take on the high-powered University of Georgia Bulldogs when Gales’s life was changed forever.

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On a routine kickoff return, Gales ran up-field, trying to clear a path for the return man. He lined up Georgia kicker, Marshall Morgan, and tried to make a good block. Something happened on impact, something that left everyone in the stadium holding their breath, and Devon Gales was left laying flat on the turf and he wasn’t getting up.

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He was immediately transported to hospital to undergo a CT scan and x-rays. It wasn’t good news, Devon had shattered his C6 vertebrae, and his C4 and C5 were both pinching his spinal cord. Even after having 20 screws put in his C6, and two steel rods inserted into his spine to support his neck, he was still paralyzed from the waist down.

Some people would give up after receiving this diagnosis, but not Devon, he has been fighting since day one.  

He Was Addicted To Crack, But Meditation Helped Him Win His Battle

Addiction is the almighty equalizer. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your economic status is, or what you do for work. It can literally strike down anyone, I know because I was once a slave to my own addictions. That’s why I love stories of reclamation and recovery, it shows the true strength of the human spirit.

29-year-old Pham Duc Duy should not be alive today. He came from a working class family from Ha Long City, Vietnam. The spoiled only child of hardworking parents, Duc Duy admits that he took everything for granted and never worked hard in school. His world started to crumble in tenth grade when he became addicted to heroine. This addiction led him to drop out of school, and start hanging around with gang members. He then became addicted to smoking crack.

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His crack addiction led to extreme bouts of paranoia, and he would often go days without eating or sleeping. Duc Duy has no idea how much money he spent on drugs during this period of his life, but it was quite a lot.

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“I would borrow money from relative and neighbors to finance my drug habits, and when I got older I would pawn valuables, like my own motorcycle and things I stole from my parents.”

His parents owned a cafe and had to work day and night, seven days a week just to continually bail out their son from his financial incompetence. “Raising a drug addict son meant that my parents couldn’t afford to even take a single day off,” said Duc Duy.

He fully admits that he was more than happy to “burn through” all of the money his parents earned through their blood, sweat and tears.

When the money finally ran out, Duc Duy’s thoughts turned to potential robbery or becoming a pickpocket in order to finance his expensive habit. Luckily it never came down to that, his own inner demons being held at bay for the first time in a long time.

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“People may think addicts are dead inside and turn into cold-blooded killers when they crave drugs. But in reality, drug addicts, like I once was, are miserable. This is because they can see no way out but only the sad reality that their life is a dead end.”