When the woman’s daughter was born, she weighed less than 4 pounds. The infant spent the first 18 days of her life in a neonatal intensive care unit, where doctors could promise just a measure of hope.
The woman’s only child survived those perilous early days, the girl’s mother wrote in a letter to Globe Santa, only to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 17 months old.
“I am writing to ask you if you can please be a blessing this holiday season to my sweet, miracle angel,” she wrote. “She is 5 years old and has had 19 surgeries and been in-patient at Children’s Hospital in Boston several times since birth, totaling more than 100 days to date.”
The little girl is just reaching the cognitive development stage of a typical 2-year-old and attends a preschool program for children with special needs. But her prognosis is uncertain. Her medical condition requires treatments to help her with speech, motor skills, and other basic functions.
But through it all, her mother wrote, the child stays upbeat.
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