The inability to speak, walk, grip or hold anything makes the basic actions most of us take for granted effectively impossible for Crown Point's Sophia Burns.
And when the basics are off the table, life's extraordinary moments seem impossibly out of reach.
The teen, who celebrates her Sweet 16 next month, suffers from a severe form of Rett syndrome. The limitations of her version of the neurological disorder mean she can't attend high school, much less hope to get her driver's license, meet boys or be asked to prom.
But in a stroke of Cinderella-like magic conjured by the best parts of the human spirit, a special dance and an able-bodied Chesterton High School senior named Tommy Benson changed part of that earlier this month.