Spokane teen fighting inoperable brain tumor receives another life-changing diagnosis

Jaden Baer 2021
Courtesy of Jessica Eckersley

SPOKANE, Wash. — 17-year-old Jaden Baer is now fighting another life-changing illness.

Jaden has been fighting an inoperable brain tumor since February of 2020. He and his family had hoped they would find someone to remove the tumor, but it’s been determined that wasn’t possible. Doctors say the tumor is growing on a part of his brain they can’t touch.

Since then, Jaden has outlived the timeline doctors originally gave him: up to nine months to live.

All while trying to fight and outlive the odds of that tumor, the Mead High School senior was hospitalized due to a blood clot in March. Jaden ended up spending more than two weeks in the hospital.

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His mother, Jessica Eckersley, tells us doctors were ultimately not able to remove the blood clot in his heart. To remove the clot, doctors would need to perform open-heart surgery, which is a big risk that could take his life sooner. Even without the surgery, Eckersley said there’s a possibility the blood clot could dislodge and take his life.

“We are completely devastated to get yet another terminal diagnosis for our son. He is such a bright light in our lives we cannot imagine losing him,” she said in their GoFundMe.

Now, Jaden is on blood thinners to help treat the clot. Eckersley tells 4 News Now he’s no longer able to go through cancer treatment that shrunk his brain tumor. He’s also been dropped from his treatment trial in Seattle.

Because of all of this, Eckersley says they’ve hired on a full-time nurse from hospice to check on him a few times a week.

Currently, Jaden is doing well and even still attending school when he can.

The family has decided to move up his graduation to April 22 instead of waiting until June. Eckersley says they wanted to move up the graduation date in case he gets worse, wanting to make sure he enjoys the experience while he is still healthy.

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