High Point grandparents hope to build special room for disabled girl

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Justice Byrd gives a kiss to his sister and best friend, Brooke. "I love the way she talks," he said. (Alice Owens/Special to News & Record)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — When Brooke Byrd was 4 months old, her mother left her in the care of a friend who shook Brooke and threw her against a wall, forever altering the little girl’s life.

The doctors weren’t sure she would survive. But she did.

Today, at age 6, Brooke laughs and smiles but is unable to walk, talk or eat normally. She eats through a feeding tube in her stomach and is legally blind. Her brain functions are diminished but not absent.

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