Brookhaven’s Whiz Kid
Brookhaven Patch | May 10, 2011 | By Andrea Botham
Aleena Hope Miller was born 7 years ago with a genetic disorder that has a typical lifespan of 6 months to 2 years. Yet this spunky girl has beat the odds with this defect that causes Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type I, the most severe and fatal form of the disorder and has become an inspiration to her family, friends and neighbors.
SMA Type 1 restricts Aleena’s ability to move, swallow or breathe on her own, but this doesn’t stop her from living her life to its very fullest. Despite her full body paralysis she loves to learn, read books, watch Barbie videos, and enjoys her American Girl dolls.
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