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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 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.

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