Community comes together to help baby Ava Rose

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A community is coming together to help a baby named Ava Rose who was born with a lot of health issues.

She breathes with the help of a ventilator and machines monitor her oxygen levels and heart rate.

"She also had a pulse oximeter you can see it's on her little foot you can see where it's kind of glowing," her mother Tiffany Brown explained.

Ava Rose was born six months ago with defects in her heart, brain, jaw, and legs. Since then she's faced complications.

Her mother said her youngest daughter will go to Vanderbilt in a few months for heart surgery.

"I am very very thankful for nursing. As of right now I have 24/7 nursing," she said. "If it weren't for them I wouldn't be able to do laundry or anything. I wouldn't be able to leave the room with her at all."

Her father, Eddie Brown, said he was angry for months, angry at God. Then one day in the Children's Hospital chapel he fell to his knees.

"I felt the Holy Spirit come over me and I've not stopped looking forward or been depressed again. I've kept going forward and going and going," he said.

Tiffany said, "I am very very very very blessed, we all are, definitely to even have Ava. We were told she probably wasn't going to make it."

She made it. The latest addition to the family: Ava Rose, Tiffany, Eddie, Lily and Olivia.

"They are the best big sisters I could ask for Ava, definitely," Tiffany said.

Kevin Craft is a family friend who has organized a fundraiser to help.

"I just felt compassion. I wanted to do something to help. And I felt like God laid it upon my heart to have this Gospel concert," he said.

Love offerings collected at that Gospel concert will help out with non-medical expenses like a specialized vehicle and making their house handicapped accessible.

"I want to see people come together as a community to support a family that really really needs it," Craft said.

The family hopes the concert is also a chance to share what they've learned the last six months.

"When their child has a problem it's nothing to be ashamed of. It's something... it's a challenge. Look at it that way," Eddie said. "When your neighbor needs that help, they've helped you, you help your neighbor. Give it back."

The Browns have accepted Ava Rose's health issues and embraced her for who she is, a child of God.

Eddie SAID, "He's given me a blessing. I may not get to do the things I've been able to do with my other kids at that age but I still have my daughter and I get to love her and she's been an inspiration."

The benefit Gospel concert is this Saturday night at Beech Park Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.

The concert starts at 6:00.  

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