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Katy's always been a deep soul Katy was a deep soul when she was a young kid she

started playing soccer when she was about four years old

and she was a very aggressive soccer player take a while for her to warm up

to people but once she did they were they were best buddies

it's probably very difficult for you to think about and to talk about back to

when you were 18 what was like

when I got to Robert's house she was sitting in a big fluffy chair with her

legs over it and she was texting and I went over to her and I said how you

doing and she just kind of shrugged her shoulders like a teenager sometimes will

and I didn't feel an alarm I just felt like my girl had gotten hurt

I remember, we were walking out and we heard this and I got it loud but then I walked in and I

looked in the chair and she wasn't in the chair didn't get alarmed then I

walked to the kitchen looked went on his back patio little porch No

and I saw the bathroom door shut twisted the door and I said Katie you okay

and she didn't answer my son picks me up and takes me through the living room

outside in the yard and and just stands me there and says mom Katie got my gun

and I don't know she's hurt

she'll never eat she'll never drink she'll never bathe herself she'll never

converse she'll be a vegetable she'll just be in a skilled facility for

the rest of her life as I said I'm not ready to let go my daughter I just not

you know I mean you don't in that moment you think you're gonna have the great

courage and stamina but you're just as feeble as a feather in the wind your

heart is in your throat but yet out of the depths of your of your gut your soul

your heart no your we're not going to let go

Was that a big decision to make?

I think I was trying to look for old characteristics if I could see anything

from the pre-accident Katie of the pre-injury I don't think I did

it was very surreal I remember thinking where is Katie

you know at the same time so grateful that she's alive and so grateful that she

didn't have to walk around the rest of her life without a face but it was hard

I I grieved her old face a lot I have to be honest

Katie do you still think about and long for the things that you wanted when you were 18

like to meet someone and fall in love and I can see you smiling now

Of course this is not the story I would have written for her.. but I feel like there's a reason if

she's here there's a lot to learn there's a lot in this whole story with

Katie but I don't think her life is over


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