Katie Renfroe home after surgery (SLIDESHOW)

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM.

“Most (doctors) don’t even see a child like her in their career,” Angie said. “We already knew she was rare and special.

“I think all kids are rare and special in their own way,” she added.

In the two weeks since the world first heard about Katie and her rare condition from a newspaper article, donations have poured in to help the rural family of 10. The family lives frugally on Katie's monthly disability check and asks for little outside help.

They used some of the donations to help pay for the long trip to South Florida, including putting gas in the van and feeding the other children, who range in age from 1 to 14.

They also plan to pay back Angie’s brother, who loaned them his credit card to fund their first trip to the surgeon.

They will use the rest of the money to help pay for future trips. Katie faces as many as seven more surgeries to downsize other facial features, including her right cheek, left ear and tongue. She could return to the hospital later this month for the second operation.

Angie and Danial said they are a bit overwhelmed by becoming so well-known overnight. They were interviewed for a TV segment, but never saw it. They marveled that a waitress in Hollywood asked after Katie during dinner.



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