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Jeshua’s Life Journey
Jeshua Alexander Claude was born on June 14, 2001, in Savannah, GA to Sabrina Morgan (Claude) and Jonathan Christian. He spent the first three months of his life in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit due to prematurity. He suffered Chronic lung disease because of underdeveloped lungs and was only one pound, thirteen ounces. At that time, hope seemed lost, but Jeshua pulled through. He thrived, got bigger and stronger.
In 2002, Sabrina returned home to Philadelphia, PA with Jeshua. Here he received quality care from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). A year later, Sabrina’s marriage to Patrick Morgan gave Jeshua the fatherhood that he also needed in his life. For several years, Jeshua was loved and cherished by his parents, family, and family friends. He was playful, happy and he had an infectious laughter. He loved music and he loved to dance to it. He was a delight for Patrick and Sabrina.
In 2009, he was blessed with a little brother, Jabari, who was a literal ball of energy! Jeshua fell in love with him immediately and quickly learned how to be a big brother. Jabari was an important addition to his life, helping him to develop in ways that only he can. They grew together and complemented each other through playing, arguing, laughing, and dancing.
As Jeshua got older, he faced challenges that helped to shape his lifestyle. Jeshua was diagnosed with mild hearing loss which affected his ability to speak. Jeshua was essentially non-verbal. For that he received hearing aids and was enrolled in the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) in 2010. There, he learned sign language, life skills and social skills as well as the basics in academics in a friendly, structured environment. He captured the heart of every staff member that crossed his path.
He was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which tightened his legs, making it almost impossible for him to walk. He received his first walker at an early age and used walkers for several years. In 2014, Jeshua endured a six-hour surgery to straighten his legs enabling him to walk. After a long recovery, Jeshua was not only able to walk, but he could run, jump, and dance! And he danced and rejoiced for the rest of his life!
In 2010, Jeshua was diagnosed with autism. But he never let that cripple his love for life. He remained high functioning and with the help of his parents, his brother and the staff at PSD, Jeshua learned how to overcome anxiety and other social challenges. He loved and enjoyed life.
Music was essential to Jeshua’s life. It was therapeutic and rejuvenating to him. It moved him deeply and he often couldn’t resist the urge to dance. Sabrina introduced music to him before he was even born, putting headphones to her womb. He came out with a rhythm, and he always had a song in his heart. His favorite music came from Kirk Franklin and Michael Jackson. He could literally dance for hours listening to them!
For years, Sabrina was always videoing Jeshua dancing. In 2021, she started a TikTok account, displaying videos of Jeshua dancing. There he became a mini TikTok sensation, inspiring and entertaining thousands of people online.
Jeshua was also a big fan of trains. He loved, loved, loved Thomas the Train. For many years, Patrick would buy him Thomas trains and track sets and Jeshua would guaranteed always be ecstatic and elated! He was always appreciative and spent hours with his trains.
He leaves to mourn his loving mother, Sabrina Morgan; father, Patrick Morgan; brother, Jabari Morgan; aunts, Melissa Miller and Jeannee Collins; uncles, William Claude Jr., Dennis Morgan Jr. and David Morgan; grandparents, William and Dolores Claude and Dennis and Veronica Morgan; two great-grandmothers, Robbie Lou Gordon and Lucille Crawley; a special home nurse and caretaker for many years, Pat Lyttleton (who preceded him in passing); as well as a host of cousins, other family members and a host of supportive TikTok followers. Others who preceded Jeshua in passing are his aunts, Rhoda Morgan, and Kris Morgan; uncle, David Miller and great-grandfather, Reggie Gordon who spent time with him. Jeshua leaves a legacy of loving memories and inspiration for all who truly knew him.