• Community steps up in big way for family of child with rare genetic disorder

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - A Coweta County mother says she'll be forever grateful to a group of people -- most of them total strangers -- who have helped in her time of need.

    Kimberly Minor’s daughter, Georgia, is a living, breathing miracle.

    "She was so tiny. She was only 4 pounds when she was born. She was supposed to be 8 (pounds). She was full-term," Minor said.

    Georgia was born with a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 18. It is often fatal within the first few months of life. 

    Georgia will soon celebrate her third birthday.

    “I had somebody message me and call her a 'burden on society.' She's not. She's amazing. She makes the world a better place. She makes people be better people," Minor said.

    But Minor told Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen that the troubles keep piling up.

    "We have days we're just panic-stricken about what we're going to do next," Minor said.

    Georgia's therapies are expensive, and the family is currently trying to cover costly repairs to their home and their car.


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    Kimberly's husband works 70 hours a week while she stays home and takes care of Georgia.

    She recently shared her feelings on a Facebook page called Chatty Newnan Women. She explained the family's situation, hoping for a few items they needed to care for their little girl.

    “I'm just tired. I'm sorry, guys. I just dumped a lot, but this town is the only thing that keeps our family afloat," Minor posted in the group. "It just seems like we can never catch up." 

    Minor told Petersen that the very next day, boxes started to arrive with diapers, wipes, groceries and more.

    “I was so emotionally blown away," Minor said. "One woman showed up that night with her husband and seven cases of diapers and three cases of wipes. I don't know these people. They're people who follow Georgia and love her."

    Boxes of items were delivered by the dozens.

    Minor said she and her husband are overwhelmed by such generosity, much of it from total strangers who opened their hearts to their little girl.

    "We wouldn't be surviving right now if not for how much our community has helped us." Minor said. "She fought to be on this earth. She came here in one piece, still alive. Fought for it. We decided we're going to fight for her."

    You can follow Georgia's journey by CLICKING HERE.

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