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19-month-old Scotty is ready for a forever family

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This toddler is considered medically fragile, but his foster mom says he is the strongest little fighter out there.

His name is Scott, but he goes by the nickname Scotty and the sky's the limit for this resilient little boy.

Scott, who is only 19-months-old, has beaten all odds. He was born with underdeveloped lungs and a narrow ribcage, making it difficult for him to breath.

"He's a miracle, initially he was not expected to survive, but obviously he has," said foster mom Renate.

Not only is Scotty a survivor, Renate says has surpassed all expectations:

"I did not expect he was ever going to be great like this, because they didn't feel that he could be able to sit unassisted or ever walk and now of course he's all over the place."

Scotty does have 24 hour nursing, so his lung function can be monitored, and at night he sleeps with a ventilator with the hope that one day he can undergo surgery to expand his ribcage and possibly breathe on his own.

"The trach is to allow him to breathe. He doesn't have an oxygen problem, but he has a ventilation problem because he has small lungs," Renate explained.

She says Scotty is an easy-going, fun-loving and happy boy whose cognitive and verbal skills are right on track for his age.

"A lot of times kids with trachs have a speech problem, he doesn't. He's got a lots of vocabulary, and also signs," Renate continued.

He's fascinated by airplanes, just like any other toddler might be and Renate says, aside from his breathing issues, Scotty is just like any other toddler.

"I treat him just like a totally normal typical child and he can do basically everything a typical child can do," noted Renate. "He goes to preschool two mornings a week, he goes to music class with us, he goes to the zoo, to the wild animal park."

Renate, who took Scotty home from the hospital after his breathing was stabilized, is like a grandmother figure to him. She has made an incredible scrapbook for him, of photos and milestones for his new family to cherish.

"The prognosis is not known, but there are people, in his 60's with that condition that are doing well," Renate said.

And though Renate would like to remain part of his life, it's time now for Scotty to find a forever home.

Since Scotty is Native American - the county would facilitate Scotty's adoption through the tribe, so he can continue to get certain benefits and services.

The county is also looking for a forever family that would be open to the possibility of adopting his five-month-old sister, when and if that time ever comes.

If you're interested in adopting, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during regular business hours.

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