FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- There's much uncertainty behind how long a Fort Bragg soldier's toddler son, who has a terminal illness, will live.
The child qualifies for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but doctors believe he won't live long enough to see his wish granted.
Few things can get Maximus Gutierrez to stop crying, but Multi-Grammy Award Winning artist Bruno Mars is one of them.
The 17-month-old was born with gangliosidosis-1, which is a very rare progressive terminal neurological disorder that destroys nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
The child takes up to eight medications a day, feeds through a stomach tube, and requires round the clock oxygen.
The child's father is a student at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Fort Bragg.
"He has seizures. Right now, he can't hold his head up. Essentially he' s a newborn baby in a two-year-old body," said Briana Gutierrez. "I really didn't understand what it was. All I heard was terminal and early childhood."
While the child is still a blessing on earth, his parents want Bruno Mars to meet one of his youngest fans.
"It would be one of the best memories that we'll have," said Gutierrez.
Fort Bragg soldier's terminally ill son wishes to meet Bruno Mars