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At birth, Becky Attersley’s life expectancy was 13. Now 43, she has been through 63 surgeries and beat seemingly insurmountable odds to enjoy a fulfilling life, including marriage and motherhood. See how Becky has played the hand she was dealt and the nature of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

This is Claire. Our beautiful daughter. Our second born, planned for, always wanted and incredibly special little miracle. When people look at her they often don't even notice anything different about her because of her bright smile and fierce determination. The thing is though, she will always be a little different because she was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

“I wake up each and every morning thanking God for another day and for getting me to where I am today”

Jimmy D.

KITCHENER — "Fight Till The End". The newly inked tattoo on Cody Richard’s arm is an indelible reminder of both his failing body and unflagging courage.
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The Kitchener teenager overcame many medical challenges, having been born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Dozens of surgeries were needed throughout his childhood for the spinal cord development problem and the buildup of fluid inside his skull with the hydrocephalus.

Despite all those issues, he was an active and happy child.