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The power of community: Making life better for a local little girl
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- When you meet 3-year-old Bella O'Hara, you have to remind yourself that she's had a tough life so far.
She was born with a severe form of Spina Bifida, the first of eight surgeries was the next day. Isabella has a shunt in her brain that drains spinal fluid that backs up in her skull and she has a feeding tube. She will need more surgery.
Isabella has 800 Facebook followers at "Isabella Hope-Our Spina Bifida Baby." In every photo, even when she's in the hospital, even when she's fighting a fever from new medications, Bella is smiling. According to her mother, Jenna O'Hara, people say Bella makes them feel as if their problems are nothing, compared to what she's been through.
Some of these same people are working to help Bella have a better life with items such as a roller chair, a brace, and a feeder seat that insurance doesn't cover. They help strengthen her back and allow her to sit independently.
Tuesday night an auction will try to raise 500 dollars for a Firefly Upsee. It was designed by the mother of a disabled child. The harness attaches to an adult's body and would allow Bella to experience what it's like to walk, and perhaps play with her big brother, Kamden.
The auction is put on by a group of women called "W.E. Believe." WE stands for "Women entrepreneurs," and they supply the auction items.
Denise Bobbs says, "The believe part is about believing in community and believing in one another."
The auction is at the El Paso Mexican Restaurant on US-27 in Falmouth, Kentucky starting at 6:30 Tuesday night. Remember, you bid with quarters.
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