The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 1, 2013

Kisses for Katrina

Toddler dies, pre-existing condition leaves bills

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ASHTABULA —

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Carmen Dalton said her daughter was almost always happy in spite of her daily struggles, which included a tracheotomy to open her windpipe.

“She was very outgoing and happy — almost always happy,” she said. “For a 3-year-old to touch as many lives as she did, well, that says a lot about her.”

Katrina was given a very poor prognosis when she was just 7 months old, but continued to amaze her doctors and caretakers with her progress.

“The doctors kept saying she wouldn’t thrive, that she wouldn’t be able to communicate or even eat, but she showed everyone different. She ate and even spoke with the trach. She might have been delayed a little bit, but she did everything a typical 3-year-old would have done,” Carmen Dalton said.

Because of that tracheotomy, Katrina wasn’t allowed to be in the water, but all she wanted to do was swim.

“My husband decided to buy her a swimming pool, and she got into it a handful of times late last summer,” she said. “She just wanted to be in that pool so badly.”

The Daltons hope to create a small memorial to Katrina around the pool.

“We miss her every day,” Carmen Dalton said. “She was a very special little girl.”

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