When little Jack Moxey was only 2 months old, he was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a birth defect effecting the bones in his skull and– if left untreated– the formation of his brain. Luckily, Jack’s craniosynostosis could be fixed with a minimally invasive surgery, but after that surgery he would be required to wear a helmet every day until his first birthday, for at least 22 hours a day!
When Jack’s dad, Jonathan, saw the plain, off-white helmet provided by the hospital, he resolved to turn lemons into lemonade… so he custom-painted Jack’s helmets with Star Wars designs!
“If we were going to be doing this anyway, we might as well have fun, right?” said Jonathan. “We thought they’d look fun, and it changes the comments from strangers to, ‘What happened to your kid?’ to ‘Oh, cool helmet!'”
Jonathan worked on the creations while his baby slept. Check out Dad’s awesome designs below!
Helmet #1: R2D2
Helmet #2: Luke Skywalker
Jack might grow up to be a rebel…
Helmet #3: Red Three standing by!
Jack’s third helmet: Biggs Darklighter #redthreestandingby A photo posted by Jonathan Moxey (@jmmoxey) on
Helmet #4: Jek Porkins
Studying Star Wars to make sure everything is perfectly accurate…
Red Six standing by!
Helmet 4: Jack, err…Jek Porkins! #starwars #redsixstandingby A photo posted by Jonathan Moxey (@jmmoxey) on
When it was finally time for Jack’s first birthday, Dad made a collage of his beautiful helmets in celebration:
Now that Jack lives Helmet-free, he can show off that adorable red hair! But his entire family will always treasure the photos of Jonathan’s artwork. What a great way to make the best of things, Dad!
A photo posted by Jonathan Moxey (@jmmoxey) on
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