RI mom extra thankful daughter with serious birth defect defied medical odds

RI mom extra thankful daughter with serious birth defect defied medical odds


NOT HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE. (CG) NEW TONIGHT —- ONE LOCAL FAMILY HAS A REASON TO BE EXTRA THANKFUL THIS THANKSGIVING. (MM) THE PARENTS OF A LITTLE GIRL — WHO WAS BORN WITH A SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION WERE TOLD—– SHE MAY NEVER WALK ON HER OWN. BUT SHE’S DEFIED THE ODDS —AND IS ACCOMPLISHING SO MUCH MORE. (CG) TONIGHT —- WE WERE THERE — AS THE FAMILY MET WITH THE SURGEON, WHO HELPED MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER SHIINA LOSCIUTO JOINS US NOW IN THE NEWSROOM — WITH THE STORY. SHIINA? (SL) THANKSGIVING IS A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY FOR A LOT OF US. BUT FOR ONE FAMILY- IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW JOURNEY. ONE THEY HAD NEVER EXPECTED. AT FOUR YEARS OLD, LONDON HAS MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION.. IMPRESSING HER DOCTORS- EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. LOOKING AT HER- YOU MAY NEVER KNOW. SHE HAS SPINA BIFIDA. “Spina Bifita, is a split spine.” DOCTOR PETRA KLINGE… WORKED WITH LONDON’S MOM CRYSTAL WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT. AND PERFORMED LONDON’S SURGERY, JUST HOURS AFTER SHE WAS BORN. “i met London on her first day of life.” “we were here alot when you were a baby, all the time, probably every 2 to 3 weeks, we were here for the first year of her life.” BECAUSE OF LONDON’S CONDITION, THERE WAS NO GUARENTEE SHE WOULD EVER WALK ON HER OWN. “we came to PT, right Lonny, we went to PT, and they said you know what, let’s just give her time, and let’s see what happens.” THEN TWO YEARS AGO.. “what’d you do on Thanksgiving? ‘I was walking,’ yeah!” SHE SURPRISED EVERYBODY.. “she literally just got up and walked across the house we were in shock.” AND HASN’T STOPPED MOVING SINCE. “for me, london is an example that it’s fair, even in the grim outlook, to give parents and people hope.” ALWAYS WITH HER BEST FOOT FORWARD…THANKFUL, TO HAVE HER FAMILY BY HER SIDE. “it’s really just not giving up, it’s really just taking what was given to you, and trying to make the best of it. reguarless of if she walked or not, my biggest thing was trying.” (SL) LONDON CONTINUES TO GO TO PHYSICAL THERAPY. SHE ALSO PLAYS SOCCER AND EVEN DOES BALLET.

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