Born With Fused Legs

"When it first happened I was frightened, but my mom said we're gonna get through this," Shiloh remembered. "She said, 'We've done this a thousand times and we're going to do it again just to make sure you survive.' So we did. I got through it. And that's all there is to it."

Because it was the first time in her life that Tiffany ever had seen snow, the two engaged in a brief snowball fight outside the hotel. When asked whether anything about Shiloh reminded her of herself when she was her age, Tiffany laughed and replied, "Her energy. A positive attitude really helps, too."

Tiffany could stay only for a day because she had to return to Florida for her dialysis treatment. Unable to continue attending high school because of her failed kidney, she worked hard to get her diploma through home schooling. She said that if she gets the kidney transplant she needs, her ambition is to be an intensive care nurse for children. To her and Shiloh, there are no such things as modest goals.

"We kind of know what it is to really fight for your life," Tiffany said. "One day I realized I've gone through so much just to be alive. I'm going to do what I want to do, to make my life the best that I can."

"Everyone is connected to one certain pole of life," Shiloh said. "And some of us are allowed to help other people who get sick and help them to feel better and … get them home with their families."

"I think I know what our purpose is now," said Leslie. "This is what I believe, is that [Shiloh] chose us and we chose her. And together, we make a family. Her gift to us is, I think, much more than we give to her."

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