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Corpus Christi barber cuts hair to raise money for baby with Flat Head Syndrome

Posted at 6:50 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 19:55:04-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — To correct the issues, she would need to come up with $4,000.

A haircut can make us feel like a brand-new person, in the case of Jaysten Ochoa, other people's haircuts are giving him a new look.

“I just seen the story and felt for the little kid," said John Martinez.

Martinez, the owner of On Point Barbershop, heard all the buzz about 3-month-old Jaysten, and how suffering from Flat Head Syndrome would leave his head deformed if it wasn't treated.

The two helmets Jaysten needs to fix the problem would both cost $2,000, something the family said they could not afford.

But out of the shear goodness of his heart, Martinez, a stranger, chose to step in.

“I ain't been good at a lot of things, but cutting hair is one of them so I just saw it as an opportunity to help out,” said Martinez.

On Sunday, he and his colleagues cut hair all day, and every dollar they made went straight to helping baby Jaysten.

“I’m originally from Wisconsin so I had people reach out from Wisconsin and PayPal me money and I took it out and gave it to her,” said Martinez. “And people just stopped in and business owners just stopped in and dropped off money, no haircut needed, just to help out.”

The family held a BBQ benefit on Saturday to help raise money. They also started a GoFundMe page. But Martinez's help, they were able to raise over $2,400, which would be enough for one of Jaysten's helmets.

“But it’s not over for him,” said Martinez. “We got him one helmet and he's going to need another one. I had already reached out to one of my buddies and we’re going to do a cooking benefit when he's ready for the next one.”

In seven weeks, when Jaysten needs his second helmet, Martinez hopes the South Texas community will come together again to help a baby in need.

“Whatever you put in you get back,” said Martinez.