Santa poses with Akron toddler who just suffered a seizure

Ryland Wade had a seizure just before his mother took him to the mall for this photo with Santa. (CREDIT: Samantha Wade/WKYC)

AKRON, Ohio (WKYC) — Ryland Wade had a seizure just before his mother took him to Belden Village Mall to see Santa.

Santa completely understood why Ryland was so tired for his picture, so he played along.

The result was a heartwarming holiday photo as Santa pretended to be asleep as he held Ryland.

Ryland, 2, experienced a lack of oxygen to his brain during labor. He suffered severe brain damage and has been diagnosed with epilepsy and spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. As a result, Ryland is non-verbal and visually impaired. He eats and takes his medications through a tube.

Ryland suffers from seizures, sometimes one per day, sometimes more than six. On Thanksgiving 2014, he had 42 seizures.

The seizures are typically induced by sound, meaning anything that makes him jump likely leads to a seizure.

Despite the constant potential of a sudden seizure, the Wade family refuses to impede Ryland from enjoying life.

“We know the chance of him having a seizure while we’re out is there,” said Ryland’s mother, Samantha. “But we’re not going to stay cooped up in the house when there’s so much we could be letting him experience. It’s our job as parents to get him out there and see the world, while knowing his limits and keeping him safe.”

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