A Paxton family's love surrounds a special girl

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM.

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She also had part of her brain removed as an infant to control the seizures that were happening as often as 50 times a day.

“All we know is we give her all the love, all the attention we know how to give her,” says her mom, Angie Renfroe. “We’ve never treated her like she has a handicap.”

Katie is the sixth of Angie and Danial Renfroe’s eight children, the one who came along after doctors told them Angie wouldn’t be having any more.

In the first trimester, doctors noticed anomalies on her ultrasound. The baby’s head was “oddly shaped,” her parents were told.

At three and a half months, a specialist told her parents that Katie’s head was three times larger than normal. He gave them the name of Katie’s rare disorder, but it meant nothing to the rural Paxton couple.

He also told them what her life — and their life — would be like.

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