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Emily Mellish, 7, is from Erie, Pennsylvania.  She was born with spina bifida and severe scoliosis.  Her parents say she shouldn't be able to feel anything below her waist, but that isn't the case.

"She's like a miracle case, she's amazing," her mother, Joy Mellish said.

Joy says most doctors recommending amputating her left leg.  But Shriner's Children's Hospital in Pennsylvania changed that.  AFter 16 surgeries and several stays in the hospital, Emily is mobile.  She's able to walk with crutches and a specially made shoe.

"She's an ambassador for us," Dennis Gable, with the Zenobia Shriners said.

Because doctors helped her walk again, Emily decided she wanted to give back.  She began making bracelets and selling them.  Its an effort called Beads 4 Needs.  Since July, she's raised $6500.  It's money that will help other families.

"All of our patients are served no matter what their ability is to pay," Gable said.

There are 22 Shriner's hospitals in the United States and Canada that are all donation based.  You can help by visiting their website.

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