A 5-year-old Central Texas girl whose family was told she’d never leave the hospital after she was born with significant chromosomal abnormalities, which left her facing a long list of daily struggles, took her first steps this week.
Addie Wolfe was born with sacrococcygeal teratoma, an unusual tumor situated at the base of the tailbone.
The tumor was discovered in utero but her mother, Stephanie and father Mathew, a Midway High School graduate, had no idea of the impact it would have.
The girl is non-verbal, blind and deaf and has epilepsy and lower muscle tone and respiratory issues that require her to use a tracheal tube and ventilator.
Her family was told she’d never walk but this week, shortly after turning 5, she defied the odds.
“Oh my goodness it brought tears to my eyes. I just couldn’t believe it,” Stephanie Wolfe said.
“We had doctors tell us she would never walk and to actually see her do that it was incredible. I don’t even have words for it.”
Addie began home therapy as an infant with Elite Therapy Center in Waco after she finally came home from the hospital and just recently graduated to therapy at the center.
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