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Geneva youngster Lillie Austin defies the odds

The prognosis wasn’t good for Lillie Austin.

After suffering a traumatic brain injury when she was 9 months old, doctors at Golisano Children’s Hospital prepared parents Katie and Dick Austin for the worst. They suggested that because of her significant brain injuries, she might never be able to walk, speak or function well.

“It looked pretty grim at first, and we didn’t get a lot of good news,” Katie said.

Little did they know, however, just how far their daughter, now 9 and a fourth-grader at North Street School, would come.

Thanks to assistance from Golisano, Happiness House, the Geneva City School District and the Brain Injury Association of New York State, Lillie has beaten those early prognostications to become a thriving youngster with a bright future.

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