Family says renovated bathroom will become perfect space for young daughter’s needs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you want to have a conversation in the Vejrosta home in Kansas City's Northland, be ready to compete with the constant noise of a bathroom under construction.

Terri Vejrosta doesn't mind at all. The construction is preparing her main bathroom into the perfect space for her 11-year-old daughter Abby. The Verjrosta family is this year's winner of Schloegel Design-Remodel Big Splash Giveaway.

Every year FOX 4's Love Fund searches for a metro area family with a special needs child to receive a free bathroom remodel courtesy of Schloegel. Abby has Rhett Syndrome, a genetic condition that shuts off the connection between her brain and her body. Everywhere Abby wants to go, she has to be carried.

As Abby grows, that task becomes more of a challenge -- especially for her mom.

"It just became impossible for me to lift her in and out of the tub," said Terri Vejrosta, who must rely on Abby's dad George to do most of the lifting.

Terri said when she heard about the Big Splash Giveaway she immediately entered, but never expected to win, knowing there are dozens of deserving families.

"We thought there is no way," she said. "Even when they called and told us we won it still took awhile to sink in."

Then the tears came.

"Who gets that?" asked Terri in disbelief.  "They are going to change our lives."

Jake Schloegel, owner of Schloegel Design Remodel, said it can be difficult for his employees to choose among all the families that apply.

"We just go with our heart," Schloegel said.

Over the next few weeks, Schloegel will be transforming the Verjosta's 7x5 foot 1950's era bathroom into a 9x8 foot pink palace. That's Abby's favorite color.

For the first time, the bathroom door frame will be big enough to accommodate a lift that will carry Abby from her bedroom directly into a claw foot bathtub.

"It's going to be me pressing a button," said Terri.  "I know I'm going to scream and giggle."

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