High 5 4 Kids: Karlee Jones

High 5 4 Kids: Karlee Jones

EVANS, GA (WFXG) - Our first "High 5 4 Kids" is Karlee Jones.

"They told me that I was never going to be able to do anything like that but I'm walking and doing everything they said I was never going to be able to do," Jones said.

Karlee Jones may appear to be able-bodied now but at the age of 4, her life was completed changed.

"She was walking around the pool and she was walking funny, like limping and she just kept doing it and so then we thought, we first thought it could be anything," said Arleen Kruse, Jones' grandmother.

They took her to the Children's Hospital of Georgia and discovered, "I had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and that's basically where the joint in your hip - the blood flow stops going to it - and it's detached and you can't walk," Jones said.

Jones would go on to have many surgeries and be in a body cast for two years.

"It was hard to use the bathroom. They had to carry me around. They had to turn me sideways to get through doors cause my legs were too far apart. It was just hard to do a lot of things."

Jones re-learned to walk and years later is now a cheerleader a Lakeside High School but her grandmother says she wasn't sad at any part of the process.

"She's had kind of a hard life and there was a lot going on. I'm proud of her. I'm just proud of her period because she's a good, good kid," Kruse said.

Jones said she wants to attend college at GRU and study to become a nurse.

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