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An Angel is Born: A Family's Story by Wynn Johnson is the story of his niece, Angel Rose Skiles. She was born on May 2, 1972, and there were severe complications surrounding her birth. Her umbilical cord had been severely wrapped around her when she was born. Not only that, her mother had suffered toxemia during her pregnancy.

Angel Rose was eventually diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RSTS), a form of retardation. She also developed Progeria, or rapid aging, and that wasn’t the only medical ailment the youngster faced. She also suffered from frequent seizures.

Angel's parents, Bill and Lily, are the heroes of the story. They dedicated their lives to taking care of Lily for 39 years, until she died in 2011.

In An Angel is Born: A Family's Story, the author also shares his memories of his hometown, Weeksbury, Kentucky, and the people who lived in the coal-mining town.

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