OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - Efforts to help the family of a local baby born with a whole host of problems continued Thursday.
Baby Ava Rose of Oliver Springs will be six months old on Friday.
But her family says reaching that milestone is not the only miracle in her life.
Baby Ava Rose struggled to breathe as she endures a respiratory virus, just the latest in a number of serious health problems.
The tiny little girl was born with a rare brain anomaly that surgery cannot fix.
She also came into the world with a hole in her heart and a cleft palate, which means she must be tube fed right now.
"It's a traumatic checklist for anyone to deal with, let alone a little girl and her young parents," said Tiffany Brown, Ava's mom. "Her future is gonna be kinda difficult with all those problems."
"She's had so many problems, and this is a tough kid. I'm not saying it just 'cause it's my kid. It's a tough kid," said Ava's dad, Eddie Brown.
Her parents are staying strong and welcoming support from family and friends who've come together to help raise funds so they can better equip their home to meet Baby Ava Rose's special needs.
"Right now we're staying with family," Tiffany said.
Longtime friend Kevin Craft has organized a gospel fundraising concert coming up soon.
"There's a financial strain on them and I'm hoping this money will help them in a lot of ways," Craft said.
Helping the cause is the growing support for Baby Ava Rose on Facebook.
"I never would have thought it would've gotten as big as it's gotten, this story of our daughter," said Eddie.
A little fighter who posed with a University of Tennessee football at the age of one month and in another picture, a Bible. Eddie believes that says it all.
"That's her home and this is her spirit," he said.
The Support Baby Ava Gospel Concert Benefit takes place on Saturday March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Beech Park Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. Bands like New Harvest and Calvary Echoes will be performing