One Wiregrass Child Beats the Odds Every Day with Help of Children's Hospital

By: Courtney Crown Email
By: Courtney Crown Email

DOTHAN -- When Rhema Godwin was born on August 9, 2010 with a severe form of spina bifida, her family knew it would be an uphill battle to keep her healthy.

From the start, doctors told the Godwin family that Rhema would never be able to walk, have bladder control, or even have movement in her feet and toes. They also prepared the family to accept a "mentally disabled" diagnosis.

But, after countless hours spent in Children's Hospital and a number of surgeries, Rhema has made remarkable progress. She knows how to swim, walk, talk and spends many hours on her donated ambucs bicycle.

Her mother, Elizabeth, said without the physicians and nursing staff at Children's of Alabama, Rhema would have never beat the odds.

Children's is a place where no one wants their child to visit, but the staff make the time spent there as comfortable as possible.

“They become a group of people that have the same heartbeat that you do for your child which is to get them well, to get them healthy and to get them out of there," Godwin said. "And that is the heartbeat of Children’s.”

The Godwin Family said it is there hope that they can always give back to the hospital that gave so much to them.

For this reason, they are asking anyone who is interested to donate crayons, stickers and coloring books to The Rhema Miracle, P.O. Box 124, Dothan, AL 36303. These donations will be given to the young patients at Children's of Alabama.

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