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Family Seeks Help to Pay for Treatment for 2-Year-Old

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Two-year-old Lennah Sofia was born with gastroschisis, a birth defect that causes all her intestines to be on the outside of her abdominal wall. She spent her first four months in an intensive care unit. Her mother, Ashleigh, says "doctors don't know what causes this, but 1 in 10,000 babies are born with this defect."

Her family says the toddler underwent six surgeries and during one of them actually suffered a stroke. Eventually, Lennah was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Lennah's father, Misael, works two jobs while her mother stays at home with her and her younger, six-month-old sister named Truby. Currently Lennah can't sit, roll, walk, hold things, eat or talk.

Her family says a blood transfusion will cost $17,000 and accompanying physical therapy will cost about $4,000. Ashleigh says a family friend underwent a simple blood transfusion and can now walk (with support) at 7-years-old, so her family is hoping for a similar result. The treatment is not covered by health insurance.

To help pay for medical costs, family and friends have set up a webpage. To donate, you can go to http://www.gofundme.com/lennahLoveslife. Currently, more than $12,000 has been donated to the family; their goal is $21,000.

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