Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A trip to the Children's Medical Center in 2010 turned into a real life nightmare for the Taylor family after Emma Rhae Taylor was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease.
The then-4-year-old girl, who loves shopping and hunting, had her world flipped upside down after spending more than a month in and out of the ICU in a semi-comatose state and hooked up to feeding tubes.
The happy-go-lucky girl couldn't talk, walk, sit or even smile for more than a month.
Mitochondrial disease had no cure, so Emma will forever be dealing with repercussions and seeking care.
But for her parents, those future treatments aren't a concern since they'll be able to see that big smile again.
"Obviously, she's in a wheelchair and a walker and we have to help her to the bathroom and we have to help her get from one room to the other, but we wouldn't change it for anything, so we just make every effort that she's happy and she know she's loved and she doesn't seem different, she doesn't see herself as different," said her mother, Nikki Taylor.
"Even though it is a lot day to day, we wouldn't trade it for anything. It has brought us closer as a family," said her father, Jeremy Taylor.