Harford County family finds strength through two tragedies

A ramp was built to accommodate the youngest and maybe the most active of four children in the Bosworth home.

"This leg, my right one, doesn't want to work," said Delaney Bosworth.   

Eleven-year-old Delaney is partially paralyzed from the waist down.  She remembers that day, April 20 th, the day her legs went weak and she collapsed in her Harford County school, the day she could no longer be a cheerleader.

"They started to feel drunk, but I really don't know that because I really don't know how you feel when you're drunk," said Delaney.    

That same sense of humor allows Delaney and her family to keep going.  She gets treatment at Kennedy Krieger.         

Doctors still aren't certain what caused her to develop Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord.

She showed only cold symptoms and numbness in the legs days prior.

"She has to catheterize herself every four hours, and for an 11-year-old girl to learn to catheterize herself and then do it every four hours is huge," said Denise Bosworth.   

But Delaney tells me she's okay with people knowing more about her bodily functions.  She also hopes to inspire, just like her older sister did.

The family lived in a hotel for five months when Kara, who was 16 at the time, was involved in a house fire.

She was burned on 50 percent of her body.  Kara hasn't erased the memories.

In fact, she got a tattoo to remember the day her life changed.

And less than a year later, her scarred hands are helping her little sister find the same strength she leans on. 

"I have watched them go through things that kids their age never have to go through and hold hands and stick together.  And that's just a testament to family," said Denise Bosworth.    

Doctors don't know yet if Delaney will walk again, but the community wants to make sure she gets a chance.  So they're hosting an auction Tuesday night at Rosedale Gardens from 7 until 9:30 p.m.  Just $3 a person could go a long way for the Bosworth family.

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