By: Haley Burks
Five years and five surgeries, the life of one Midland kindergartner hasn't been an easy road.
She wasn't expected to surive after birth, but now she's thriving.
Five-year-old Karsen Ables knows more about life than most kids her age.
"I had a spinal tap because I couldn't even walk," Ables said.
Karsen was born 8 weeks premature and wasn't expected to survive.
"She was born with fluid on the brain and they put a shunt in her head," Mother Kimberly Branam, said. "She was diagnosed with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy, and we are on our fourth set of leg braces."
Despite the setbacks Karsen is thriving in kindergarten, and her mother Kimberly hopes future surgeries are fewer and much farther between.
"The doctors say every child that has a head shut has to have a revision, because they outgrow them," Branam said.
"She's five years old she has been through a lot, but she is just so tough and she cares about everyone else before she cares about her self," Branum added.
A benefit to pay for Karsen's ongoing medical costs is scheduled for Sunday, April 5th.