Friday, November 28, 2014
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Aubrie Jean Romine
(Born: 8/07/1998  Shaken: 09/12/1999   SURVIVOR)

Took her first steps the day before she was shaken. Today she is relearning how to sit up on her own. Walking, however, is not out of the question in a few years. Used to love to eat peas, carrots, and apples with her fingers. Aubrie now eats Pediasure through a gastro-tube placed through her abdomen to her stomach. Brie used to say "ma-ma", "da-da", "ba-ba", and "kitty". In August of 2000, Aubrie started making sounds besides crying.  Brie used to take Tylenol Cold & Allergy for her stuffy nose. Since September 12, 1999, Brie has taken Dilantin, Phenobarbital, and Tegretol for her brain seizures. In August of 1999, Aubrie would watch the tiny little cichlid fish in her 20-gallon aquarium. In September of 1999, Aubrie couldn’t see the tank the tiny little cichlid fish swam in. When Brie was a year old, she received a Winnie-the-Pooh set of nesting cups. When she opened the present by herself and pulled the cups apart with her fingers she was thrilled and laughed loudly.

When Brie turned two years old, she watched her family eat her birthday cake from her special wheelchair and was delighted when she heard the other children in the room playing with their nesting cups, as she didn't know how to use her hands and fingers anymore.
Aubrie has gone through all of this and still she smiles, still she laughs, still she trusts, and still she lives. Aubrie Jean Romine is the kind of person that I would like to be when I grow up: sweet, kind, loving, and most of all a fighter. She is what precious people are: one in a billion. I am the lucky one for being allowed to have her influence in my life, and that is something that I will always make sure to tell her through out our years together. If only every parent could appreciate how special their children are and their children not have to go through something as horrifying as this. To realize that holding my daughter is not unlike holding a star from the heavens is a wonderful gift from a horrible tragedy.

Kimberly Carol Heins, charged with 3 felony and 3 misdemeanor counts of child abuse in connection with Aubrie's shaking.  Found not guilty in a Colorado court of law of all counts, by a jury of 12.   Now 36 years old and free.

 

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