As is its frequent habit, the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will help out a family with special needs this week. This time, Ty Pennington (right) and crew will come to the aide of a Montana family affected by Chiari Malformation, a defect of the back of the brain in which pressure may be put on the spine and spinal fluid blocked.
Julia Carter, the mother, has been diagnosed with the disorder and formed a support group, Chiari People, that provides help and information to patients worldwide. Julia's 21-year-old daughter, Jade, has also been diagnosed, and her two teenage daughters are showing symptoms.
Surgeries and medical bills had put such a strain on the family finances that their home was, according to the site of builder Jeff Junkert Construction, a "remodeled chicken coop." That home was knocked down and redesigned, with consideration to the special needs the family has now and in the future.
You can see what the designers come up with, and learn more about Chiari Malformation, on the show, which airs this Sunday, October 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Or, go to the ABC site for the show starting Monday to watch the episode online.Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images