A new father is asking for his 15th wish for his baby boy.
Brandon McManus was born with cerebral palsy on February 18, 2018.
“I would like to have a full life of happiness and fulfilment, and that’s what I’m trying to achieve,” he said.
Brandon’s wish to live a happy, fulfilling life is something that will never be realized.
“We have a child with cerebral impairment and it is a miracle to have an opportunity to live in a world that we don’t have a say in,” Brandon’s father, David McManuis, told CBC News.
“It’s really the last thing that we want.”
He said his daughter and Brandon have already begun to feel the effects of their disability.
“He’s already in a lot of pain and suffering and he’s been through a lot, he’s suffered from some pretty terrible things,” he explained.
“But he’s got a bright future ahead of him and I think that he’s just going to have to wait a little longer and just kind of take it day by day.”
The family is hoping to receive a new baby soon, but they have no plans to get rid of Brandon.
“They are going to take care of him as best they can, and they will do everything in their power to try and get the baby born in the best possible condition for Brandon,” David McMunnis said.
“When they do, I’m sure he’ll be really happy and he’ll look after him and he won’t have to worry about it anymore.”
Brandon’s family said they’re hopeful that Brandon will be a happy and healthy child, but that’s not a guarantee.
“This is going to be a long road, it’s going to hurt, it will be hard,” McManues said.
In Canada, babies are given a year or two of life support before they are born.
“Once you’ve got a baby, you can’t just get on with it, you’ve just got to work through it and you’ve only got so many days in a week and you can only take so much care of it,” said Dr. Michelle Smith, who runs the Canadian Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
“You can’t get too stressed out and be constantly thinking about it, or worry about that child.”