RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - The city of Ripley's social distancing requirements did not stop locals from celebrating the birthday of 3-year-old Brantley Burroughs.
Doctors diagnosed Burroughs with Edwards' Syndrome and a heart condition before he was born.
His mother, Myleigh Burroughs, said doctors told her he wouldn't make it long after she gave birth.
“I never thought I’d see this day,” she said.
But against all odds, Burroughs celebrated his third birthday Sunday.
Because of his condition, doctors told Burroughs' family his immune system was too weak to risk having a party amid the coronavirus outbreak.
His family decided to cancel the party, until family friend Tonya Gray heard the news.
Gray got permission from Mayor Chris Marsalis to have a "drive-by" birthday party.
“We appreciate him. We appreciate God’s grace upon him," Gray said.
Locals stayed in their cars and drove by Burroughs' house honking their horns, holding signs and balloons.
His family said they are overwhelmed by the support.
"We love that this is Brantley's birthday, Alonna Mullins said. "But, we really wanted the story to show the community support and the love that people have for Brantley. He's made such an impact on lives in his church."
Burroughs received a cape from the Tiny Superheros Foundation. If you want to support, you can go to TinySuperheros.com to donate.