We introduce you to a little girl with a big will to overcome life's challenges.
Doctors didn't believe 7 year-old Kayleigh Snead would make it through her first day of life.
She was born 3 ½ months early, weighing only 2 pounds.
"The doctor said that child has angels around her bed. That's the only way i can explain it,” recalls Ginger Sharp, Kayleigh’s grandmother.
Kayleigh did make it but would face many struggles.
Doctors diagnosed her with cerebral palsy when she was 15 months old.
“She was not able to sit up. She wasn't able to crawl. She wasn't talking," says Lisa Morse, Kayleigh’s physical therapist.
Morse oversees the team of therapists at the Kids Clinic of CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier.
She's helped Kayleigh transform her life.
“I've been able to help her with all of her skills and she can now stand up for up to 10 minutes by herself. She's started to take independent steps. She can walk in her walker everywhere. We're moving on to crutches,” shares Morse. “Even though her and I have been through a lot of crying phases after surgeries and a lot of pain, she tells me that she loves me all the time, gives me hugs and is appreciative."
Lisa has helped Kayleigh fight her way back from three surgeries.
“Scars represent the brave life you've been through,” Kayleigh explains.
Not only has Kayleigh been brave, but so have her parents and grandparents.
"You not only look at your granddaughter with her special needs, your heart goes out to your daughter who has to be with her and take care of her 24/7 and she's doing an awesome job," says Kayleigh’s grandmother with pride.
Kayleigh's mother drives two hours round-trip for appointments at the Kids Clinic.
"It's been really neat you know, there's some stuff you never think you child will do. She's gone above and beyond what I actually thought she would do,” shares Cassie Snead, Kayleigh’s mom. “without them she wouldn't be where she is today."
And what does Kayleigh think about her accomplishments?
"Excited, proud, joyful, happy... those are all the things I feel,” says Kayleigh.
$10,000 from last year's Children's Miracle Network telethon paid for the tools and toys used in therapy.
You can help create more miracles by donating during the telethon which airs June 1st, on NBC 6.
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