Brooklyn Park Girl Shines on Minnesota Rolling Twins Softball Team
Six-year-old Clara Carlin has been through a lot in her young life. She was born with spina bifida, which is a congenital disability.
“The first months and years were full of doctor appointments,” said Clara’s mom, Nicole Carlin.
Nicole says there were many scary times, lots of hospitalizations, and surgeries, including an operation where doctors from Texas flew to Minneapolis to perform fetal surgery.
Despite the medical challenges, Clara is a spunky, ambitious first grader.
“I’m really great, and I’m smart, and I’m the top reader in my class,” Clara proudly said.
She goes to Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for physical therapy. She also plays for the Minnesota Rolling Twins Wheelchair Softball Team and has many friends on the team.
“They’re just like me, and it’s fun that they’re just like me. We also play together, and it’s really fun, and I made a new friend,” said the slugger.
Meanwhile, Nicole says she wants other people to know there’s always hope.
“It might be scary, but there are amazing times ahead,” said Nicole. “It just so nice for her to finally come unwind and be a normal child out here and play with all her friends and not have to worry about what we had in the past and just think about the fun times and future.”