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Baby with rare genetic condition celebrates first birthday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Wearing a cupcake outfit and cute bow, Karson Friedmeyer is celebrating her 1st birthday. At 10 pounds and 10 ounces, she is living proof that you can beat the odds.

Joe Friedmeyer, Karson's dad, said "There's a lot of odds that people doubted Karson, but we never doubted Karson one second."

At Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen in New Albany, her parents sang "Happy Birthday", and she even got little taste of frosting, which is a big deal since she usually eats through a feeding tube.

It's been a whirlwind year. Karson got a visit at Kosair Children's Hospital from the cast of Duck Dynasty and people have been "Keeping up with Karson" on social media.

Karson's mom Casey said "I had a hard time planning her first birthday because I see a lot of my friends in my support group don't get to reach this milestone."

Karson has a rare genetic disease called Trisomy 18 and has an extra 18th chromosome. Fewer than 10 percent of these kids live to be a year old. The family recently met a person in their 30's with the condition which gives them hope for Karson.

Casey Friedmeyer said, "Today I can show them she has beat the odds and is in that 10 percent. When you get the diagnosis the doctors never think your baby will be in that 10 percent, but you never know."

At one instead of learning to walk, Karson is learning how to sit up and control her head. She is recovering from having open heart surgery in May, and the next step is to get a more permanent feeding tube that doesn't run through her face.

The family says they're not living day-to-day, but month-to-month now.

"I have no worries," Joe Friedmeyer said. "If that day comes, if it comes, I don't think about that, she's healthy."

Right now they're just celebrating her 1st birthday and planning a big party with friends and family.

They're also wishing the best for Karson.

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