A local boy battles Hydrocephalus


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Justin Jones

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky—A local boy is fighting a lifelong, rare, incurable disease.  Hydrocephalus or more commonly known as "water on the brain" is when fluid builds up inside the skull and leads to brain swelling.

Ten-year-old Payton Kraft often finds himself playing alone.

"Other kids don't understand what I go through. None of them do," said Payton.

"Payton was probably 3 to 4 months old and we noticed he wasn't progressing like normal children do. He was delayed," said Payton's mother, Sarah Wilson-Kraft.

That delay, had Payton's mom, Sarah panicked something was wrong.

"His head was extremely large for his age...They measured his head many of times and they sent us for a cat-scan and that's when he was diagnosed," said Wilson-Kraft.

Payton was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, which is an incurable, brain disease.

"There was a lot of fear, unknowing what was going to happen and concern for him," said Wilson-Kraft.

September is National Hydrocephalus Awareness month.  Payton's mom is raising funds with arts and crafts with the hope of one day finding a cure.
"The only thing we can do is pray everyday there's no infection," said Wilson-Kraft.

In the meantime, a shunt was placed in Payton's brain.

"It's in the center of his head, that goes down his neck into his stomach and drains the fluid out," said Wilson-Kraft.

Payton considers himself a fighter, but he says every now and then his shunt hurts him.  He vows to never give up and to continue educating others about his condition.

"I hope one day that there will be an end to this," said Payton.

In her spare time, Payton's mom, Sarah Wilson-Kraft, spends her time crafting to help fundraise for a cure to Hydrocephalus.  She makes scarves, wreaths, bracelets, ribbons and bows, rugs and tu-tu's.  To check out those items and help fundraiser for Hydrocephalus, click here.

To donate to Payton and help fund a cure for Hydrocephalus, click here.