When I first meet nine-year-old Katherine Reed, she's friendly but obviously self-conscious about showing her hands. You can see why as you watch her. She's missing most of her left hand…she has been since birth.
While still in her mother's womb, she became entangle in fibrous, string-like amniotic strands that basically amputated her left hand.
It's called Amniotic Band Syndrome, and it's presented some tough challenges. Katherine tells us, "I was on the bus, and some kids laughed at my hand." FOX 35's Tracy Jacim asks, "And how'd that make you feel?" Katherine says, "Sad." Jacim continues, "What did you do? What did you say to him?" Katherine says, "I didn't do anything. I just sat on my seat and started crying."
Her big sister Emele feels a lot of responsibility. She says, "I feel like I'm not doing well?" Jacim asks, "In what way?" Emele says, "Like ...helping her out." Jacim says, "It sounds like your 're doing great to me. Why do you think you're not doing well?" Emele answers as she starts to cry, "Because they keep bothering her."
Katherine's Mom Analda says, "She finally asked me for a hand. First she asked me for Emele's birthday... Emele was having her birthday and she said, 'Can I have a hand please?' And I'm like, 'It's not something I can go to a supermarket and get.' So, finally she said, 'OK. May I have it for Christmas?' And I said, 'Well, I'm going to try.'"
And Mom started a Facebook page, …and Katherine's teacher, Lauren Bocken...took it from there creating the website www.gofundme.com/1fe894.
So far, they've raised nearly three thousand dollars in donations. They need $6,000 for the prosthetic. Mom doesn't have insurance, but she sure has faith. And while we talk to this family, we get a glimpse into the magic of Katherine.
It's an inspiring sight, made all the more amazing by the fact all this comes on the heels of mom's own battle with breast cancer. Her prognosis is good. And tonight, so is her daughter's thanks to the generosity of others.
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