October 16, 2011 08:31 AM by Candace Young
This week, the Extreme Makeover Home Edition design team headed by Ty Pennington will travel to Crawford, New York to surprise the Korpai family. Jimmy and Darlene Korpai devoted their lives to raising awareness about dwarfism after their daughter Hailey, now age 5, was born with the condition. Keep reading for sneak peeks from this episode…
Jimmy and Darlene Korpai, president and vice-president of the New York chapter of Little People of America, dream of having a home that can offer their young daughter independence and autonomy. Tonight, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and ABC will help the Korpai family realize that dream.
Darlene and Jimmy were high school sweethearts who married, bought some property with a two-story home, and conceived their first child, all according to the plans they’d been making since age seventeen. Within minutes of Baby Hailey’s birth they learned she had a form of dwarfism. It took months for them to compile information and find a support group in their area.
Hailey is now 5, and they have since added another child to the family, one year-old son Hudson. Their home hasn’t gotten any bigger, however, and it doesn’t have the right kind of rooms to keep Hailey safe and provide her with the independence to do everyday things such as turn off light switches on her own. Since their home doubles as the New York chapter for Little People of America, there is also a need for accessibility to accommodate their visitors.
The Korpai family will go on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas, and on a trip to New York City, while their new home is built in seven days. While in New York, the family will be surprised by Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein from TLC‘s The Little Couple, who have a reveal for them. Additionally, Extreme Makeover Home Edition’s Paul DiMeo will meet with Matt Roloff of Little People, Big World to learn more about how he adapted his farm to be accessible for people of differing sizes. Jillian Harris and Ed Sanders join Paul and Ty on this build, which is being done by Hearthstone Commercial and Residential Contracting.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition airs tonight at 8:00 PM EST on ABC.
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