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Girl's legacy lives on in foundation started by parents
Girl's legacy lives on in foundation started by parents

Doctors predicted that Carman JoAnn Lay, visually impaired and born with part of her brain missing, would never walk or talk. Carman proved them wrong. By age 8 in 2009, Carman, who had Aicardi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects mostly girls, with support, was walking at the Maryland School for the Blind, where she had attended school since she was 3. And although Carman was nonverbal, the staff was able to communicate using special "boards" that she could use to tell them, for example, if she was hungry or thirsty. But later that year, Carman died suddenly of complications from the flu. "We saw her daily making progress; we saw her blossom right before our...

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