Big first step for little boy with liver transplant in Edmond

News OK | Diana Baldwin 
Jaxon Saenz, 6, finally got to start kindergarten Friday after having a liver transplant. He missed all of last year and the first week of this school year in Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]
EDMOND — Jaxon Saenz put on his Pokemon backpack Friday and walked down the hall at Ida Freeman Elementary School for the first time as a kindergartner.

The road to school for this 6-year-old has been a rough one that was interrupted by a liver transplant.

Jaxon didn't go to school last year because he couldn't take the chance of getting a virus or infection while waiting for a new liver. He missed the first week of school this year because he was back in the hospital with complications.

On Tuesday, Jaxon was released from St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Three days later, he gathered up his school supplies and was off to kindergarten with his parents, Kacee and Joey Saenz, and Rhonda Penick, the grandmother he calls Mimi, witnessing the milestone moment.

Jaxon is the fourth generation of his family to attend Ida Freeman Elementary School. His mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ruth Stevens, all attended the Edmond school.

That wasn't important to him. He was excited and a little nervous about his first try at school. Continue reading

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