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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
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The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
October 3, 2004
Sylvester- Nine year old Dezmande Hope knows just about all there is to know about dinosaurs.
"What is the smallest dinosaur," his mother Vontresia asks.
"Coelophysis," quickly answers Dezmande.
When he's feeling well even his mother can't stump him, but when he's not it's a different story.
"Migraines, and then my eyes turn blood red, I feel nauseous, I feel sick," he explains.
"I knew all the while it was something but I just didn't know what it was," his mother says.
Fortunately doctors at Emory did. Dezmande was born with a rare brain disorder called chiari malformation. The only way to ease his pain is going under the knife.
"A brain pulses inside the skull. Dezmande does not have enough room for his brain to pulse. His brain bumps up against his skull this causes migraines," Vontresia explains.
In addition to his migraines, Dezmande has lived with double vision for the past six weeks, but none of his ailments have stopped him from going to school, getting straight A's, and hopefully becoming a scientist.
"My mom and my grandmother encourage me so I won't be scared of having surgery and my sister encourages me so I won't be scared," he says.
In addition to his big sister Adrienne, Dezmande draws strength from his mentor and pastor Calvin Wells.
"He's not questioning God why am I like this. It's like God use me in this situation so I can help others come out of this situation," Wells says.
The fourth grader says he's ready to have the surgery and hopes his story can inspire others to rely on family, faith and their own self determination to help them overcome any challenge.
Dezmande has one more doctor's appointment before his brain surgery is scheduled.