Family keeps hope as little girl battles terminal disease

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HOUSTON — If you think about it, all of us are born with a terminal illness. It's called life.

The difference is some die much earlier than others. And sometimes, in the darkest moments of our existence, the only thing we as humans can do is find the light to carry on.

For the McDonald family, the light shines brightest in their two daughters Cora and Tessa. First-born Cora was diagnosed with Infantile Tay Sachs disease at just 7 months old halting her natural growth and development.

Over the next two years Cora’s condition regressed to the point that she needs around the clock care.

Holly McDonald, Cora’s mom, says, “At diagnoses she could sit up and say mama and da and hi and put things in her mouth. We took her places and she could see what was going on around her. Now she's lost most of her vision, she has a lot of seizures everyday, she's not able to eat by mouth, she requires a lot of care."

The family said despite the daily struggles, they never lose hope. Cause every day with this beautiful face is a special one.