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Girl With A Severe And Rare Bone Marrow Disease Melts Hearts With Her Adorable Zumba Dance

Date November 28, 2018 17:07

10-year-old Audrey Nethery is as happy and energetic as any typical 10-year-old, but there’s something that makes her special. The girl has Diamond-Blackfan anemia.

Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a very rare bone marrow disorder. According to the NIH’s estimates, about 1 in 5 to 7 million babies are born with it. In DBA, the bone marrow doesn’t work properly, which results in a very low red blood cells count.

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DBA causes fatigue, weakness, and pale skin color. About half of people with the disorder have distinct facial features and many of them have short stature.

In most cases, people born with DBA are diagnosed in their first year of life. Little Audrey got the diagnosis when she was only 2 months old, and since then, she’s been receiving life-saving treatment.

Despite certain limitations of her condition, Audrey has a great zest for life and a lot of hobbies. The girl loves cooking, singing, and dancing – she’s been taking dance classes since she was about a year old, Julie Haise, her mom, told TODAY.

When the gym Audrey goes to began offering Zumba classes, she got excited and decided to try it.

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Audrey’s mom recorded her dancing at a lesson and posted the video on Facebook. Before long, the girl became an Internet sensation. Even people at Zumba corporate office saw the video and reached out to Audrey’s mom to invite them to a Zumba convention in Florida. Audrey performed like a pro and conquered the hearts of everyone in the audience!

The mom told TODAY following the convention:

Every time I see her dance, even when it's just in her class, it makes me cry, but seeing her up on that stage was incredible. When she's dancing, she's happy and brings so much joy to everyone watching.

Whenever you feel blue, just watch one of Audrey’s videos – they are guaranteed to lift your spirits!

You can help Audrey and other people with DBA by donating to the Diamond-Blackfan Anemia Foundation.

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