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Local 5-month-old boy needs help getting a corrective helmet to fix his Flat Head Syndrome

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 20:41:38-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — We first told you about 5-month-old baby Jaysten in November. He was born with Flat Head Syndrome and needed a helmet to help correct the physical defect on his head.

People in the community were able to help him once, but now he needs their help again.

When Jaysten Ochoa turned 3 months, doctors told his parents he was born with a minor physical defect.

The back of his head was unusually "flat," a condition commonly known as Flat Head Syndrome.

The only way to fix it would be if Jaysten wore a set of helmets the next few months.

“He wore the first one for 6 weeks, he made a lot of progress, but there's that flattening is still kind of there,” said Angela Ochoa, his mother.

Back in November. a barbershop owner in Corpus Christi offered haircuts to the community and all the proceeds went straight to Jaysten's family.

Together everyone raised the $2,000 needed for the Jaysten's first helmet.

“The night we came home from Corpus from seeing the young man from the barbershop, it made me want to cry to know that we had enough,” said Ochoa.

Ochoa says he wears the helmet 23 hours a day and only takes it off to bathe.

But it's been seven weeks now and his doctors are saying he needs one more helmet to completely correct the issue.

She says insurance won't pay for the helmet because correcting his head shape is considered a cosmetic procedure. Even though she says doctors have told her the shape of his head could impair baby Jaysten's vision in the future.

Now she's reaching out again to the public, she hopes any donations made can cover the cost of Jaysten's last helmet, one more time.

If you'd like to help the family, contact Brenda Matute at Brenda.matute@kristv.com.