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Medina girl is "truly a miracle child"
Sherry said she could tell right away the left side of Katie’s tiny body wasn’t working right. It was paralyzed, which can happen after a severe seizure.
Dr. Larry Johnson, Katie’s doctor at Sanford Health 2nd Ave. Clinic, said the case was unusual because RSV usually doesn’t cause seizures. But Katie was a premature baby—five weeks early—and had a minute-long seizure a few months prior to the big one. “She’s lucky to be alive,” Dr. Johnson said. “She is truly a miracle child in that regard.”
Sherry credits all of the doctors with saving Katie’s life the day of the seizure. “It was a great teamwork effort,” she said, “between daycare, doctors and the good Lord above putting all the right people in the right places at the right time.”
“She’s a vibrant little girl,” Dr. Johnson said. “She’s smart as a whip, just sharp. She’s a happy little girl.”
Many times, the Schmidts have been told the girl they call Tinkerbell is a miracle.
“God kept her here for a reason,” Sherry said.
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