Today a Middle Georgia family gets a helping hand from a local pool company. 4-year-old Madison Barfield can't speak, walk, or use her arms.
She has a rare condition called 'Rett Syndrome' that effects the nervous system.
“She's my world. She's my best friend. It's hard to say that somebody is your best friend that can't talk, but aw man, the personality in her. There's so much more there than meets the eye," said Rayven Barfield,
At first glance 4-year-old Madison Barfield looks the part of a typical little girl, with her bubbly smile and contagious laugh, but little
"She uses her eyes mainly as far as letting us know what she needs and what she wants. You know she'll look at something and if there's a drink on the table, she'll look at the drink and she'll start crying. Let you know that she's thirsty," said Joseph Barfield,
One of the best treatments for those with Rett syndrome is aqua therapy. But the warn- out pool on the Barfield's property needed serious repair, work they just couldn't afford. Then a helping hand stretch out to the family, Jessie Brooks of American Swimming Pool Company partnered with other supply companies, to renovate the pool. After meeting
This pool only has a few remaining pieces that need to be replaced before its water ready. Brooks and his team hope to have construction finished and
"It's very, very, very important for her. The water therapy, it helps build her muscles and it can help give her the strength that she doesn't have anymore, since she isn't mobile. Hopefully she can build her muscles enough to start crawling again and maybe walk, possibly, hopefully," said Rayven Barfield.
Through the difficult times and even family frustration...
"You just talk to her, that's all she wants you to do is talk to her, she's great man. She'll sit there and laugh and cut up with you and everything. Laugh at jokes when you tell her jokes, at the end of it she'll laugh. She's just a really great girl," said Joseph Barfield.
If you would like to help with the Barfield's pool restoration an account has been set up at American Pool Company in