Girl with rare condition gets brand new pool - New York News

Girl with rare condition gets brand new pool

Posted: Updated:
WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

It may just look like a pool, but for one Polk County family, it's new hope for a better life.

B.J. Mannix, a swimming pool contractor, and local company Viking Pools are making a huge donation to a family that really needs it. They installed a pool, paver deck, and screen enclosure to a family for free. The value is about $30,000.

We’ve been following Lacey Pate's story now for years. She undergoes surgery in Texas every two months for a very rare spinal condition called "Kings Syndrome."

At birth, Lacey's spine was shaped like a horseshoe. Ever since, doctors have been trying to straighten it out by implanting titanium rods. She also has a plethora of other medical issues.

In fact, her parents were told that they should consider an abortion. That was never an option, they said.

With this new pool, her parents say she'll have a much better life.

"She'll be able to move freely," her father, Tim, told FOX 13's Ken Suarez this morning. "They'll be free-moving – therapy."

Our cameras were rolling as Lacey saw the pool for the first time. Her parents kept it a secret.

"Whose pool do you think it is?" Ken Suarez asked her as she was rolled out in her wheelchair.

"Mine," she replied, with a smile on her face.

"I can't talk right now," her father said. "I'm just overwhelmed with emotion. Just to see the surprise on her face. Thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts."

MOBILE APP USERS: Click here to watch the video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices