Goodbye to Gus


After undergoing minimally invasive surgery to remove a football-sized spleen he nicknamed Gus, 11-year-old Benjamin Wayne is ready to conquer the world.

In battling a rare blood disease, Benjamin Wayne has spent many a childhood day checking into hospitals for blood transfusions.

About 25 of them, to be exact.

But nowadays, following a spleen surgery and treatment, the 11-year-old is more focused on Boy Scouts, Star Wars, Legos and starting sixth grade this fall at Reed City Middle School.

“I feel like I’m on top of the world,” Benjamin said from the living room in his family’s Reed City, Michigan, home.

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