When Dr. Alana Grajewski first took a look at 2-year-old Nicolly, she noticed that the little girl was scooting around on her behind. She wasn’t walking or even crawling like other children, and she was nonverbal.
The toddler’s mother, Daiana Pereira, believed her daughter was blind, deaf, and developmentally challenged. The family is from rural Brazil where doctors told Pereira that getting Nicolly to see, speak, and hear was a lost cause.
However, with the help of the Jackson Health Foundation’s International Kids Fund and the Kevin Garcia Foundation, the family raised $17,000 to travel to America and try their luck here. When doctors examined Nicolly’s ears, they discovered something pivotal.
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