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Michigan Family Sells Everything to Save Daughter

Ruby Pearl was born deaf and blind, with multiple holes in her heart. She also has a deteriorating brain, glaucoma, obstructive sleep apnea, and chronic lung disease. When she was born, doctors said she wouldn't like more than a few hours.

Ruby is now one year old thanks to her loving family.

Her parents, Margaret and T.J., have sold everything they own and moved their family of five into a trailer just to pay off Ruby's medical bills. She has required surgery, 15 blood transfusions, and has been declared near death multiple times. But her family remains strong.

"You never know what tomorrow is going to to bring, so we keep fighting right alongside her," T.J. tells PEOPLE. "There are still many unknowns about Ruby, but she is alive and a little warrior, even though the odds were stacked against her since birth."

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At one point, doctors called Ruby's family to come say goodbye. But when Ruby was taken off life support, she started to breathe on her own.

"I don't know what else to call it besides a miracle. She still struggled a lot after that, but she pulled through again. And now we're finally able to take her home with us this week. It's a huge milestone," said Ruby's mom Margaret.  Home right now is a 20ft trailer that mom and dad, plus three kids share.

"People might think we have nothing, but that's not true," Margaret says. "We have each other. Yes, we're facing a huge challenge, but we still have hope and a lot to be thankful for."  

The family is trying to raise enough money through their GoFund Me page to purchase a bigger trailer and relocate to Utah, where it will be easier on baby Ruby's lungs.

"We don't know what lies ahead for us, but we have faith that we're going to make it," Margaret says. "I've learned that we don't need a lot to get by. We're together and that's what really matters. For that, I'm extremely grateful."

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