PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)-A Pike county toddler is beating the odds despite a diagnosis doctors didn't think he would overcome.
20-month-old Noah Kiser has a rare genetic disorder that causes his bones to break easily.
As WKYT's Amber Philpott reports, Thursday Noah took a huge step in his fight to live.
In his short little life Noah Kiser has already faced a tough battle.
"The doctors first told us the prognosis is, he's going to die, period. No two ways about it," said Noah's father, Michael Kiser.
Noah has a brittle bone disorder known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Walking wasn't possible for Noah, a wheelchair was his only way of getting around.
Now at 20 months his feet have finally hit the ground with the help of a walker.
"When he got the walker and was able to move around he started screaming he was so happy, he was so excited," said Noah's mother, Amanda Kiser.
" Its incredible, I've got to see it on camera, but the camera doesn't do it enough justice. Once you get to see him walking, rolling around in person, its incredible," said Michael.
For the first time, in person Michael Kiser saw his son take steps Thursday.
For the Kiser's it was no ordinary milestone.
"Words don't describe the joy I get to actually see him do it. Eight months ago he couldn't do nothing like that, today he's wanting to get up and run around. You know he's trying to be a normal baby in his own way," said Michael Kiser.
Happy, even when he is in pain there is no slowing the little guy down.
"Noah is usually a magnet, everyone wants to automatically go up and grab a hold of him," said Amanda Kiser.
He is a little boy using his fragile body to touch lives wherever he goes.
"He has that free spirit effect on people," said Amanda Kiser.
The Kisers say Noah's progress is all thanks to surgeries where rods are placed in his legs.
Noah will have more rods implanted this summer and right now the Kiser's are raising money to help with that procedure.
If you'd like to donate, visit "Noah's Unbreakable Journey" Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/noahmichaelkiser513 ) to message the family for information.