Letters From The Children
Posted May 22, 2001
MICRO — When Ashley Heath was born, the doctors did not want to give her parents the odds of her survival. What looked to be a battle has turned into a dynamite life for a young Johnston County girl. Ashley shares her story in a letter to WRAL education reporter Yvonne Simons.
Ashley is anything but a typical fourth grader at Micro-Pine Level Elementary School.
"She was the tiniest baby I have ever seen," says her mother, Glenda.
Glenda and Bill Heath say the last of their five children is the spunkiest.
"Daddy says I looked like a rat I was so little," says Ashley with a laugh.
"When we first brought her home, we nicknamed her "Pipsqueak," because the rest of them around there said she sounded like a rat squealing," says Bill.
Glenda says do not be fooled by her daughter's size. "We've always told her that dynamite comes in small packages," she says.
Ashley has had a healthy life, even if it started small. She views her life with open eyes.In her letter she writes, "My parents, church members and teachers believe that I am a miracle child."
Ashley wants to be a veterinarian, she wants to be a great student, and she always wants to remember her small beginnings.
Her doctors say Ashley will probably be a small adult. Ashley says size does not matter.