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Danika Linton became
a media sensation after
her story was highlight-
ed in Against the Odds,
a feature shared by this
paper and CNC3 Televi-
The outspoken Danika
shared her remarkable
story with courage, win-
ning over the hearts of
Her condition is rare;
it happens in one of every
30,000 births. Called
Congenita, the condition
is a collective term applied
to various syndromes
characterised by non-pro-
gressive, multiple joint
contractures present at
birth, causing the defor-
mity in the joints of the
feet and the arm.
But faced with the rare
condition, Danika, an
eight-year-old pupil of
Sacred Hearts Girls in
Port-of-Spain, has offered
a unique response that
has been a source of
inspiration to many. She
is adamant on making a
Danika Linton, who recently appeared on the set of CNC3 newscast, with her
mom Danielle at Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain, Saturday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
inspires young and old
Her mother Danielle Skeete
remembers September 13, 2006, the
day Danika was born. She said her
pregnancy felt normal and doctors only
realised something was wrong when
she was giving birth.
"It was during labour they realised
that Danika was frank breech", Danielle
said. In this position, the baby's
buttocks are aimed at the birth canal
with its legs sticking straight up in front
of his or her body and the feet near the
"It was then I got scared when they
stopped inducing labour and prepared
me for C-section."
Some hours after when the doctors
brought Danika to her, Danielle's first
response was tears.
"I cried when I first saw her, she was
my first child and to see her limbs all
twisted it was painful to bear. I was so
hysterical that I was given medication
to sleep," she said.
But soon, Danielle's priority became
to give Danika the chance of leading a
normal life in spite of her condition.
Danika was sent to the Sick Kids
Hospital in Canada, where doctors
corrected her feet, so that she could
Doctors are also considering the
option of another operation which
would allow Danika to move her arms
"I question myself over and over, as
to why Danika was this way. I was
comforted by my mother, Kathleen
who always told me 'God is on our side
and Danika will get through,'" she said.
BEYOND THE PAIN
Since her appearance on set with
CNC3 news anchor Golda Lee Bruce,
Danika's following on Facebook has
Her story was one of the most
viewed in the station's history, with
close to one million shares. Many
people shared comments thanking
Danika for her inspiration.
Danika's father, Dwain Linton said,
he knew deep down that Danika was
different despite her challenge.
"When Danika was eight months
old, she started to speak and this was
strange for us. While she was abroad
in Canada, it was amazing to see
Danika communicate with staff at the
hospital at eight months old. She also
spoke Spanish after watching children
shows in Spanish," he said.
"We were amazed and now she
always inspires us."
Danika's grandmother, Kathleen,
who owns a preschool, started to
teach Danika to write in her own way.
Danielle said, "I was impressed by
the way Danika was excelling. She has
been so excellent that she now
attends the Sacred Heart Girls'
says she wants the
whole world to know
how she was born.
She says "I feel no
way being special but I
Danika wants to
become a lawyer and
says she is doing great
Danika is already
secondary school she
wants to attend after
Sacred Hearts Girls'
"I want to attend St
Joseph Girls Convent,"
Danika noted about
her condition that, "I
hope that one day I can
use my arms, so that I
can be able to use the
washroom by myself,
also I can bathe.
Also, I can eat
certain things by
myself and be able to
use the household
Danika said, "I want
special children to
know not to be shy but
Dwain, said he had to
thank all the doctors in
T&T and Canada.
He said, "Danika is
one of kind, she was
amazing from birth
and I truly love her, I
know she will excel in
life because we pray as
a family for all of this."
BORN TO BE
Faced with rare medical condition...
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