One Hays family today is enjoying the best Christmas gift they could have received: a voice for their daughter.
Natalie McCullough is an energetic 9-year-old who loves to give hugs and play with toys.
“She’s a lover. She wants to make sure that everybody feels included and welcomed,” her mother, Karen McCullough, said.
But Natalie can’t always make clear what she wants or what she’s thinking.
Natalie was diagnosed at birth with trisomy 4p. Like Down Syndrome, it is a duplication of a chromosome — in this case, the short arm of chromosome 4.