UPDATE: Viewer helps out mother with special needs daughter

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WARSAW, Ind. -- A mother's campaign for her 4-year-old daughter, who can't walk or talk, has already paid off.

On Tuesday, NewsCenter 16's Gabby Gonzalez told us about Juliana Torres, who suffers from Rett Syndrome and won't be able to take her first steps without leg braces.

An anonymous NewsCenter 16 viewer decided to fund the entire cost of the braces.

Gabby got to present Juliana's mother with $500 Wednesday.

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A Warsaw mother is determined to help her special needs daughter walk.

Her daughter, Juliana, has Rett Syndrome. At four years old, Juliana has trouble talking and walking.

Juliana was diagnosed at Riley Hospital for Children around her first birthday.

“They told me all the things she wouldn’t be able to do and I just lost it,” Katreena said. “It’s like someone took my heart out.”

After the initial shock, Katreena looked to her daughter’s future.

“My first question was ‘Is she going to live a full life?’” Katreena said.

“They told me she would live a full life. It made it better. I was like bring it on. I got this.”

Katreena has to carry her 67-pound daughter in order to get her around. The trouble with mobility is a growing challenge now that Katreena is nearly five months pregnant.

“My back does hurt because of the weight,” Katreena said. “People tell me I can’t do it. Well, I can’t not do it.”

Now, there are special leg braces that would allow Juliana to walk with her mom’s help.

But, the price of the braces is too steep.

Katreena said she decided to organize a garage sale to raise the funds.
“I will sell everything in my house to get her those things,” Katreena said.
Family and friends have donated items to sell Saturday.

Any additional money raised will go to Juliana’s therapy center to help other parents get the necessary equipment to help their special needs children, Katreena said.

The garage sale is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Bixler Park, at Center Lake, in Warsaw.

If you’d like to help this cause, you can reach Katreena at 574-265-3036.


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