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Update: Fundraiser pays for walking harness for Bella
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Bella O'Hara has 1,100 Facebook friends.
Some look to the little girl with a huge smile and spina bifida for inspiration. She smiles even when she's in the hospital waiting for another surgery. Many people have helped Bella to do something that brought an even bigger smile to Bella's beautiful face, walk.
Bella had her first surgery when she was two-days-old, a shunt was inserted to drain fluid from her brain. There have been seven other surgeries, one for a feeding tube. Sitting in the swing or her wheelchair was how Bella used to play in the park. That changed because of a fundraiser in her mom Jenna's hometown of Falmouth and donations to Team Bella.
Money raised for Bella paid for the "Upssy." It also paid for her vest, knee splints and the plastic feet for mother and daughter that allow Bella to walk. Now Bella can see the world in a different way.
"It's definitely a blessing and we are so grateful to the special needs mother who thought of this," said Bella's mom.
Jenna says it's the people of greater Cincinnati who made it happen. The harness isn't covered by insurance and there are always medical bills to cover.
Jenna told Local 12, "Since the fundraiser she's had a seizure and taken by ambulance to a hospital. She's had three bladder infections."
But despite all that, Bella keeps smiling. Jenna believes that's why she has so many friends on Facebook. Bella's biggest smiles are for her five-year-old brother, Kamden.
When asked what he thinks about his sister Kamden said, "She's cool and I like her."
And the community heartily agrees! The harness cost 500 dollars. The family received 4,000 dollars in donations. They're saving up for a wheelchair accessible van.
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