GOWER, Mo. -- A broken bone or two may be all that most of us will have in a lifetime. Yet one 11-year-old girl has already had at least 250 fractures.
It's story time at East Buchanan Elementary, and no one in the class has a more incredible life story than Karli Miller. Even before she was born, her bones were breaking.
"They realized she had broken both of her legs -- her femurs, thigh bones -- two weeks before she was born," said Cristy Miller, mother. "There was four weeks' healing growth and she was two weeks old."
Karli was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone disease. Even simple movement can cause a bone to snap. Her mother says Karli's endured at least 250 fractures, 50 surgeries and immeasurable pain.
"Especially whenever it like rains, my legs get like achy and stuff. I'm like ahhh...," said Karli.
Last year, Karli fell out of her old manual wheelchair and broke her arm.
"And it went like that," said Karli as she pointed to her forearm. "I had like two elbows."
Angie Thompson has been Karli's paraprofessional since pre-school.
"She can break and still just get up and go on," said Thompson about Karli.
Thompson rallied community groups in Gower to donate thousands toward the purchase of a motorized wheelchair which is safer for Karli.
But that's not the end of her needs. Karli has to leave her new wheelchair at school every day and transfer to the manual one because the family vehicle won't hold the new one. Nor have adaptations been made at home.
So a pancake supper is planned for Sunday, December 15. It will be held in the school cafeteria from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The goal? To finish paying for the wheelchair and start raising money for a new vehicle and home adaptations.
"It just makes me glad to live in Gower, that's for sure," said Cristy Miller.
Karli said she's thankful.
"I really wanted this. It's like a Christmas miracle," said Karli.
It's all for a girl who won't let broken bones break her spirit.
A fund has been established for Karli. Donations can be sent to the Karli Anne Miller Benefit, Bank of Gower, Gower, Missouri 64454. The bank's phone number is 816-424-6476.