Kayla West’s cousins have mitochondrial disease. “I helped them feel like normal kids,” she said. “That’s what they wanted.”Kayla spent two years helping to take care of her cousins before her family moved from Washington to Texas. She would make sure they didn’t get too hot; she hooked them up to their heart monitors, oxygen, and feeding tubes before bed; she played with them; and she carried them if they needed it. “They became a huge part of my life,” she said.
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