Mum Michelle and birthday girl Shontae Denniss.
Mum Michelle and birthday girl Shontae Denniss. Rebecca Danslow

Family counts blessings as angel celebrates milestone

IT'S been a difficult year for the family of Shontae Denniss.

The little girl suffers from a rare condition called Rett Syndrome.

Shontae was diagnosed with the debilitating condition in 2009.

Since then her motor and speech skills have gone downhill.

Yesterday there was cause for great celebration as Shontae celebrated her fifth birthday, a major milestone for the little girl.

Friends and family gathered at Shontae's grandmother's house for a special afternoon party.

Mum Michelle said the family had decided to go with an angel theme.

"They call them (children with Rett Syndrome) the silent angels," she said.

"It's because they can't communicate and there's no way of knowing it when they're born."

Father Andrew Denniss said the last year had been hard on the family.

"But you just look at her and we know we have to keep going," he said.

"Besides, she puts up with all of us."

Aunty Janette Spencer said Shontae touched everyone she met.

"She communicates with her eyes," she said.

"We make a big deal of every birthday because she is so special to us."



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