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Mother Speaks Out After Her Daughter Was Shaken

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Every year many infants are victim to shaken baby syndrome.

In August 2011, at just four months old, Mirah Grace was shaken by her father.

It was a nightmare one Bismarck mother never imagined happening to her daughter.

Tonight Jon Berg sits down and talks with the mother of Mirah Grace, who is thankful her daughter survived.

<<"Most babies don't survive it, at four and a half months old most babies don't survive that," Ashley Evoniuk said.

Ashley Evoniuk is happy to have her little girl, after Mirah Grace was shaken by her dad nearly a year and a half ago.

"It's a brain injury, she can't control her own moods like me and you being able to soothe ourself, or children being able to soothe themselves, she can't so she's on medications for that," Evoniuk said.

In addition to multiple medications, she also has therapy three times a week, including physical, occupational, speech therapy and even hydrotherapy.

"We get to go swimming once a week, your brothers are jealous," Evoniuk said.

Those therapy sessions are helpful for Mirah because of how limited her mobility and speech are compared to most babies her age.

"She doesn't bear weight, she doesn't walk, she doesn't talk, she is tube fed, my daycare provider learned how to do all of her tube feeding, and all of her medications," Evoniuk said.

Not only is Mirah not able to eat and move like a typical 20 month old baby, her hearing and vision is also limited.

"Her hearing isn't completely damaged, her sight is pretty damaged," Evoniuk said.

Mirah is also more fussy than other babies her age, which makes it hard for mom to run everyday errands.

"It is harder to take her out and about, she is fussy, it's really hard to take her places, people don't seem to understand that when she's fussing, like why can't you calm your baby, so we kind of rely on babysitters so mom can go grocery shopping, grocery shopping is therapeutic for mom," Evoniuk said.

Despite the challenges, mom is just happy she is still able to hold her baby girl.

"She's my miracle," Evoniuk said.>>

Mirah's father, Demetrius Gant was sentenced last month to 8 years in prison for shaking his daughter.

Mirah will turn two in April.

 

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