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Jordyn's Journey To Walk

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Jordyn Doakes is a normal little girl. She was born with 10 fingers and 10 toes, but a serious medical condition keeps her from walking. Now, her mother is calling on the community for help, "Her tibia is missing...and he scheduled her amputation for her first birthday."

Jordyn’s mother, Carmen Doakes, says doctor after doctor after doctor told her that her baby’s foot would have to be amputated – the same way that her sister lost both of her legs. "I think I got my first pair of prosthetic legs by the time I was four." It’s something that Jordyn’s Aunt, Tisha Doakes, doesn’t want her niece to go through, "We didn't think it would be in our family again and they told us it wasn't genetic or anything like that."

Carmen wasn’t satisfied with what doctors told her. So she did her own research and found a surgeon in West Palm Beach, Florida who did not want to amputate, "He said it was reconstructive. For us to take her to Florida."

The reconstructive surgery will give Jordyn a chance to walk. But it comes at a price, "We have to take her there. We have to stay there about nine months over the next year and a half in West Palm Beach, Florida. And the medical expenses are pretty expensive as well." Even though Carmen has insurance, she will still pay out of pocket for part of the surgery. That’s why she’s started the Jordyn Doakes Foundation. "Now she's at a point where she's wanting to pull up and walk and no matter how determined she is to do it, without the surgery, it's not possible."

Carmen and Jordyn live in Atlanta, Georgia but traveled to Jackson where they have family and they’ve traveled to Detroit, Michigan – and everywhere in between – hoping to find help for Jordyn. Jordyn’s journey isn’t over by a long shot. She’s scheduled to have surgery on her foot just in time for her 1st birthday in November.

Donate to the Jordyn Doakes Foundation at: http://www.gofundme.com/jordyns-jou

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