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'It's a paradise for her': Life-changing room makeover for a Cleveland girl with critical illness

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 06:50:31-04

Scott Zavoda could hardly wait to see the room that changed his little girl's life.

"Whoa! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh," Zavoda said when he finally opened the door.

The new bedroom with sparkling lights and butterfly mirrors had all been designed and built just for his daughter Kaitlynn.

"She can just be in her room and look around. It's a paradise for her," her mom Michelle Zovoda said.

No one knows better than Mrs. Zovoda how much Kaitylnn deserves this new room. The 9-year-old has spent most of her childhood in the hospital.

"She's unable to walk. She has lots of seizures," she said. Sometimes as many as 20 to 30 seizures a day. She's not able to eat by mouth, so she has a lot of medical complexities, and she's in-and-out of hospital facilities.

Maybe the best part of the entire makeover is that the people who made this possible are complete strangers.

"We go wherever there's a child that has a need for a great magical room so they have a place to heal and be comforted," said Sheri Caruso who runs Special Spaces Cleveland, the organization that designed Kaitlynn's room.

Special Spaces Cleveland rebuilds rooms for kids with critical illnesses, and they've thought of everything. Since Kaitlynn can't walk and spends a lot of time in her bed on her back, the organization put twinkling lights on her ceiling. Now, when she's laying in bed, she'll have lots to look at. 

"You just want to see that look on that child's face when they see what magical things have happened," Caruso said.

Thanks to Special Spaces, Kaitylnn now has a room that's just as special as her.

"It's a memory you'll never forget," Mrs. Zovoda said. "It's just burned into my mind, my heart, we'll never forget it."

To give a donation or to volunteer for Special Spaces, head to their Facebook Page.