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Boy who had nearly 30 surgeries surprised with Spiders jersey: 'Absolute joy'

'He likes everybody,' mom says
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Posted at 11:37 AM, Dec 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-05 16:22:05-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The CBS 6 Month of Giving continued by surprising 9-year-old Dylan Lipton-Lesser and his two moms.

Dylan, who has been featured on CBS 6 numerous times, was born 11 weeks pre-maturely on Valentine's Day of 2012. Since then he's had over two dozen brain surgeries to address problems caused by his infection.

His mothers India and Shirley discovered their son had moderate sensorineural hearing loss the year he was born.

Video of him hearing for the first time after getting hearing aids went viral, as he was cheerful.

 Dylan Lipton-Lesser
Dylan Lipton-Lesser

"So one thing about Dylan, for a kid who has had around 30 surgeries in his short life, he laughs, he smiles, he's playful, he likes everybody," his mom, Shirley Lesser, said. "So for being nine years old, he's had a lot going on and he's still an absolute joy."

Lesser said that within the past month and a half, Dylan found himself in the hospital again.

"So after being admitted to Children's Hospital for 30 days in the past eight weeks, we're at home and he's recovering and in that makes it a great day," Lesser said.

 Dylan Lipton-Lesser
Dylan Lipton-Lesser

Dylan is also on the University of Richmond's Lacrosse team through Team Impact, an organization that partners children that suffer from chronic or life-threatening illnesses with sports team.

Matthew stopped by their house to surprise Dylan with a Richmond Spiders lacrosse jersey and a gift card for his mothers.

"Thank you guys," Lesser said. "That's just for me another example of the amazing Richmond area community."

There is also an Amazon wish list for Dylan if you would like to buy him a gift.

Watch for a new CBS 6 Month of Giving surprise every day in December on CBS 6 News at 6 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.

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