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Brenda Sordahl holds grandson Blake Leritz, 4. Blake's numerous disabilities have left him without the ability to walk or talk, but he can smile when he's happy. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Blake's young life: Pills, hugs and hope

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Blake Leritz lives in his own world. His four years of life have been punctuated by countless surgeries, trips to the hospital by air flight, ambulance and car.


He's on a special diet to control his seizures.

And then there are the pills. Lots of them he depends on to keep going. They are his lifeline.

He was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, an affliction of people born without their fourth chromosome, or only part of it.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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