Elijah James is almost 3. He likes chocolate chip cookies, green Magic Markers and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse." He plays with his Mommy and Daddy, his big sister Skylar and their two dogs. He throws things from his high chair, he talks all the time, and he laughs. Oh, how he laughs!

Eli is, at the same time, both ordinary and extraordinary. He was born with rachischisis, the most severe form of spina bifida and a diagnosis that is considered 100 percent fatal.

"They were quite clear that we had a zero percent chance of survival," remembers Eli's mother, Dawn James, who got the news when she was 16 weeks pregnant. "They said it was incompatible with life and recommended termination."

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