At Thursday’s news conference, Hermoinee’s father, Karl Lorett, smiled, cried a little and told the room he cannot wait to see how the boundaries around his daughter will continue to crumble.
“Up until now, we didn’t think there was any other hope,” he said. “Our best hope was to keep changing her meds as she changed, as she grew up, and her body changed to maybe get a hold of these seizures.”
Karl and Deena Lorett live near Ponca City with their eight children, seven of whom they’ve adopted.
Hermoinee was 3 when she came to live with the Loretts. The family has been through several serious seizures and trips to the emergency room with the girl.
Only now are they getting to see Hermoinee’s sense of humor and hear their daughter’s voice.
“These sentences started popping up, and we would just spin around and look at each other like there was another voice in the room that we had never heard before,” Deena Lorett said.
Hermoinee said she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her dad does not hesitate — he believes she can and will do it, even though she also has cerebral palsy, which can sometimes affect a child’s IQ level, he said.
The Loretts have noticed that, since surgery, Hermoinee has gotten braver.
For example, about two weeks ago, Hermoinee swam underwater.
She came up and said that she could swim the butterfly, just like her siblings who are swimmers.
Her mother looked on, recognizing that her daughter had just connected several thoughts together. That wouldn’t have been possible before the surgery, she said.