Follow-Ups: Liz and George

Follow-Ups: Liz and George

 

Since their appearance on the show, Liz and George have been watching their three deafblind children begin to improve in increments. Mackenzie, an intervenor just like Anne Sullivan was to Helen Keller, began working with Zoe, who was the most troubled of the triplets. Her help has had a positive effect on the entire family.
 
"Since I was on the Dr. Phil show, my life has changed as an individual, a wife and a mother," Liz says. 
 
"Zoe is happier," George reports. "Every day she wants to know something new, and Mackenzie is able to show that to her. Zoe has rubbed off on Emma and Sophie. It is truly a miracle."
 
Liz shares a special moment she had with Zoe. "Mackenzie taught me how to sign to Zoe, and I signed to Zoe and asked her what she wanted to eat, and Zoe signed back to me and said that she wanted a cookie. And when I gave it to her, her little face just lit up, and I started crying because it was the first time we were actually communicating."

 

Liz and George have also been able to reconnect and save their marriage. "We were able to encourage each other to move toward a more positive direction in our relationship. I've always believed that George and I were soul mates, but now we're acting like soul mates," Liz says happily. "Thanks, Dr. Phil, for understanding the plight of deaf-blindness, and for giving George and me the tools to improve our marriage. I just can't say thanks enough."

"That, right there, is why we do this show," Dr. Phil tells the couple. "It's so great to see you guys doing so much better, and you look great! You even look kind of rested!"
 
"Well, I weigh 20 pounds less, and I've been doing fun stuff and not feeling terrible about it, and just watching my daughter blossom," Liz tells him.
 
"It was just amazing to see what Mackenzie, the intervenor, was able to accomplish in just seven months," Dr. Phil says. "Were you surprised how much could be accomplished?"
 
"It's what I wanted for her, but you don't know until you do it, but I really didn't expect her to make that much progress that fast," Liz says.

 

"When we first aired this story, the outpouring of concern from our viewers was just overwhelming," Dr. Phil tells them. 
 
He invites Steve Davidson on stage. Steve is the president of The Dr. Phil Foundation, which began taking donations for Liz and George's

family after their appearance on the show. "The response to The Dr. Phil Foundation has been absolutely phenomenal," Steve reports.
 
"Based on those donations, we would like to present y'all with a check to continue with these intervenors and continue your work, and this comes from all of our viewers who have contributed," Dr. Phil says, handing the couple a check for $270,000.

"We just had so many people who responded, and we're going to continue that," Dr. Phil tells them. Texas-based Sterling Bank has set up a special needs trust for their triplets. "They've agreed to serve as trustees for free, take care of all of this, so it can benefit your family in the right way, and you can use it as you need it, whenever you need it. It's so important that these girls have the opportunities that they need, and so I hope this helps," he says.
 
A tearful Liz speaks to the audience and the viewers at home. "I just want to say that it's a miracle that so many people would care about my little babies," she says. "And I've been dreaming of being able to give them this, and just thank you. In six months of Zoe's life " I'm so proud of her. She is a completely different child. And watching Emma not make as much progress beside her, and it's kind of bittersweet, but now, it's what they need. I mean, we're going to have three Helen Kellers on our hands, and I'm just so thankful that all of you believed in them to do this for them. I just thank you. Thank you."
 
The triplets are featured in a documentary called Through Your Eyes, by Hands Free Entertainment. One hundred percent of the profits from the film will be donated toward continuing education for the triplets and other deafblind children. To order your copy of Through Your Eyes, go to ThroughYourEyesTheMovie.com.
 
To make a contribution to George and Liz's triplets, go to DrPhilFoundation.org.