He’s their miracle.
Wyatt Eli, born Friday, may only be two days old.
But already, his life seems special to those who know him and his family, the Vaillancourts, of the Town of Tonawanda.
Wyatt’s birth at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital at 3:11 a.m. Friday came just a few months after his parents’ lives made headlines – when his mother, Kim Vaillancourt, learned she had a grave form of brain cancer, shortly after adopting three children with her husband, Phil.
Kim Vaillancourt was expecting Wyatt at the time.
For the Vaillancourts – who have six children now – the birth of their infant son was a blessing and a moment of grace, said Kim’s sister, Meghan Eisenhauer of Buffalo.
“They were just given a miracle baby,” Eisenhauer said.
Wyatt Eli, arriving a few weeks early. weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces at birth, Eisenhauer said.
He and his mom were both doing well after the birth, she said. Wyatt required some time in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital to keep an eye on his glucose levels, but he was doing well overall, she said.
To the Vaillancourts, Wyatt’s birth comes as the happy ending to Kim’s pregnancy, Eisenhauer said.
She said her sister looked at her pregnancy as the reason she sought medical help with bad headaches, and that led to the discovery of her brain condition.
“Her No. 1 concern has always been her kids,” Eisenhauer said of her older sister.
The baby’s birth is also a moment of joy in a story that began in December, when the couple adopted three little girls in Erie County Family Court. Days after that, Kim felt ill with headaches. She had surgery in late December to remove tumors from her brain. She was found to have glioblastoma, a severe form of cancer.
Kim, 36, a homeschooling mother, was due in mid-May, Eisenhauer said. Phil Vaillancourt is 37.
Wyatt could go home from the hospital next week, Eisenhauer said.
Tests in late February showed that Kim’s tumors had not regrown, Eisenhauer said at that time.
Eisenhauser said her sister is not really looking ahead – at continuing her own treatment for the cancer – but is focused more on the present.
“Kim wants a break, just to enjoy Wyatt,” she said.
She said her sister’s attitude has been very positive.
“She’s extremely positive, extremely happy,” she said. “She was just overjoyed.”
The family’s other children are Ryan, 12; Hailey, 11; Kamila, 10; Josie, 7, and Chalie, 6.
The family has experienced an outpouring of support. Jenna N. Koch, a friend of the family who has known Kim for years, said that a Gofundme page set up for the Vaillancourts has raised $149,101 so far.
Koch said that the family has been an inspiration.
“Kim and Phil’s faith has never been stronger,” said Koch, the Common Council president in the City of Tonawanda. “Their faith has guided them through every step of the way.”
“It’s been truly, truly amazing,” she said.
Eisenhauer said that the public support has been strong.
“Even just with her benefit coming up, donations are just coming from everywhere,” she said.
Benefit fundraisers will be held for the family on two coming dates.
A basketball game with Sabres Alumni will be held at 7 p.m. April 14 at Sweet Home High School; and on April 24, an event at the Brounschidle Post in Kenmore, from 1 to 7 p.m. will raise money for the family. Tickets for that event are $25 at the door.