CARY, North Carolina (WTVD) — ABC11 Together is celebrating the kindness of a Wake County bus driver for disabled children.

Cary mom Amanda Boda reached out to ABC11 via Facebook when she found out her daughter’s bus driver, Mr. Joe, is retiring.

When Boda welcomed her first child into the world everything seemed great until about 9 months in when her daughter Linnea suffered from seizures that came one after another. Boda would later come to find out Linnea suffered a stroke in the womb.

“The doctor decided to cut her brain in half,” Boda said. “It’s called a hemispherectomy. Basically, they kill the side of the brain that’s causing the electrical impulses that causes seizures.”

Some children might go on to have a typical life after.

“Linnea unfortunately didn’t turn out that way,” her mother said. “She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She feeds from a [gastronomy] tube.”

Boda connects Linnea to her feeding tube as the 9-year-old rocks out to the beat of pop music – her favorite. Amanda has to place her faith on everyone her daughter depends on – like her bus driver, Mr. Joe, who plays tunes on the bus just to see her smile.

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