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Local Wrestler Wins National Championship

Kyleigh Dean (m) won a National Title in Oklahoma City. (Source: Heidi Dean) Kyleigh Dean (m) won a National Title in Oklahoma City. (Source: Heidi Dean)

AYNOR, SC (WMBF) - Kyleigh Dean is in the seventh grade at Aynor Middle School. Her favorite subject is math.

"It just helps other people think and sometimes people need help. I like helping people," said Kyleigh.

While school might come easy for the straight A student, life hasn't always been the same.

"Kyleigh was born with congenital generalized lipodystrophy. What that entails, is everything that she eats. All the fat gets stored in her muscle and in her liver. said Kyleigh's mom Heidi.

The rare condition is only seen in one out of ten million children. Kyleigh posses a large appetite and quick aging of bones.

"There's no cure so she spends a lot of time in the hospital in Bethesda. Maryland," Heidi Dean said.

While Kyleigh has been knocked down before, she's gotten back up. And now shes taking others down on the wrestling mat.

"Since my friend was doing it, we had lots of fun. I just fell in love with it," Kyleigh said.

She isn't bad either, having won numerous medals including a National Championship just two weeks ago.

"I really didn't think I was going to win when I was on the bottom during the wrestling match," said Kyleigh Dean.

Having seen all that her daughter has been through, it's still tough for mom to watch Kyleigh in the circle.

"I put on a smile and give her a fist bump and tell her to go do her thing, But my stomach is in knots the whole time," Heidi Dean said.

Good thing for Heidi, her daughter has out her opponents in knots and is already thinking about her future.

"My big goal is to go to the Olympics," said Kyleigh.

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