Everett Twins

The Everett Twins: Living Like Real-Life All-Stars

Not Knowing the Taste of Food for 7 Years, Tori Everett Now Takes a Big Bite Out of Life

Everett Twins

Brittany and Tory Everett

During her 20-week sonogram, Carye Everett of Baltimore learned that one of her twin daughters had hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of fluid on the brain. Given the name Victoria Faith (nicknamed "Tori"), the feisty little girl was born at 31 weeks along with her sister, Brittany.

Tori has since been diagnosed with a host of other issues including adrenal gland failure and Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into the spinal canal.

For seven years Tori went without eating solid foods, receiving her sole nourishment from a tube. Tori has had more than 20 surgeries within five years and spent 10 months straight in the hospital. Tori considers Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital a second home and the nurses, doctors and staff who have all seen her grow up and have helped her cope with her many disabilities as a second family.

For Brittany Everett, Failure is Never an Option

Brittany was a typical 10-year-old, who enjoyed singing and gymnastics, when in March 2012 she woke up and could not move. After many tests, it was discovered that she had a very rare spinal stroke. Initially, the family was told that she might not survive, and if she did, she would be paralyzed or unable to breathe.

Through a lot of hard work, including occupational, physical, hydro and speech therapies at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Brittany is making an astounding recovery. While Brittany continues to have problems, she is now able to walk, talk, eat and attend school, where she's making straight A's.

Failure is not an option for Brittany nor does she plan to give up on her recovery. Through her strength of will, she is learning to deal with her new normal.

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