Dothan, AL (WTVY) Rhema Godwin is a typical, energetic, six year old girl.
Although she was born with a number of brain and spine abnormalities, undergone countless leg and brain surgeries, she has remained strong, and an inspiration for many.
"Rhema is amazing. She always has a smile on her face, everyone always says she is the most laid back kid they have ever seen. She's always happy," said Rhema's mother, Elizabeth Godwin.
Rhema's pleasant demeanor is described as "infectious," and little Rhema has no idea there is any difference between her and other children.
Rhema was born with myelomeningocele, and accompanying hydrocephalus, and various other challenges that accompany those two diagnoses.
While in the womb.. Rhema's spine developed outside of her body. Shes has battled water in her brain, undergoing three brain procedures, and suffers mobility issues.
"When Rhema was born, the diagnosis came as a surprise. We had all the scans and everything… they usually pick it up.. They missed it on ours, so when we delivered… in that moment, everything changed," said Rhema's mother.
For the last 6 years, Rhema's parents have been in and out of Emergency rooms. praying through countless surgeries and medical scares, while all along, Rhema smiled.
"I mean, she's been in and out of the hospital.. It's her reality… for us as parents…we see both sides of it… it's more challenging for us… but for Rhema… it's just part of her life," said Godwin.
Rhema will be having her fifth leg surgery next month. This procedure is expected to improve her mobility and to prevent her legs from turning inward as she grows.
The Rhema Miracle is hosting a toy and supply drive for children who are in and out of the hospital like Rhema at Children’s of Alabama Child Life Program.
Items are being collected every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30pm-6:00pm at Dothan Christian Fellowship, 2054 John D. Odom Road in Dothan.
Thompson Chiropractic is also a drop off site.
Recommended donated items include Play-Doh, Legos, superhero toys, and blank art canvases (8-inch by 10-inch and 11-inch by 14-inch). All donated items must be new and in its original packaging.
The toy drive will be taking donations up until October 5th.
For more information about the drive, contact the Community Coordinator, Carmen Maddox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can visit www.RhemaMiracle.com.