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11/26/09 — Simply a miracle

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Simply a miracle

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on November 26, 2009 7:01 AM

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Spencer Rollins, right, and his brother, Parker, play inside their family's home in Pikeville. But a year-and-a-half ago after his fourth heart surgery, doctors doubted Spencer, 4, would ever see -- or function like a normal child -- again.

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Spencer and his mother, Katie, work on a book filled with pictures and stickers. Katie said her faith -- and the support of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro and Wayne County communities, carried the family through during tough times.

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Spencer laughs when Katie tickles him in the spot doctors have opened up four times since his birth. His father, Andy, calls his son's story a miracle.

Eighteen months ago, Andy and Katie Rollins weren't sure their son, Spencer, would ever make it home. His 2-year-old body wasn't responding well to the fourth open-heart surgery it had endured since birth. And even if he lived through the...

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