December 21, 2011 5:00 AM

As life unravels, teenager is left to fend for her family

Zenia Acedo’s mother died of cancer a few weeks after doctors delivered her premature baby by C-section. Zenia’s father was deported to Mexico as the family planned his wife's funeral. As the eldest, 19-year-old Zenia now is the head of the family. She has four younger brothers and tiny Camila, who soon will leave Truman Medical Center.

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