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Girl born without a brain is now 6 years old, family seeks support
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April Barrett's daughter, Kaliysha, was born with hydranencephaly, a rare condition that left her without a brain. Despite doctor's dismal expectations, Kaliysha is now 6 years old and has managed to survive despite the fact that she only has a partially functioning brain stem.

Barrett thinks it's miraculous that her daughter has lived so long, according to Fox 59.

"My doctor told me a week before I delivered that she would be born without a brain, and he told me to go take a picture of my belly, that that would be the last time she would be alive," Barrett told Fox 59. "I was devastated every time she kicked. It made me cry because I was like, this is the last time you'll be alive?"

However, due to a recent illness that further damaged her brain stem, Kaliysha is now receiving hospice care.

"She's a survivor, and she survived for me for a real long time," Barrett told Fox 59.

Barrett has set up a fund called 'Pace of Miracles' to raise money for Kaliysha's eventual funeral and burial.


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