A Paxton family's love surrounds a special girl

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

Yesterday, they piled into their 1995 van and drove to Hollywood, Fla., where a surgeon at Memorial Hospital was to perform the first of as many as seven surgeries on Katie.

“They’re going to downsize her cheeks, fix her ear, shorten up her tongue,” Danial says. “Once she gets rid of this weight, she’ll be able to stand better.”

The van that is their sole means of transportation is a “work in progress,” they joke.

After their last trip to South Florida, they learned that the shimmy in the front end meant the tire was about to come off.

“God rides with us, believe me,” Angie says.

The family will stay in one room with two beds at a nearby facility that reaches out to families of hospital patients.

They will be in South Florida for at least two weeks for the first surgery.

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