What Happens When You Mess with a Kid and Her Wheelchair? This.
A Santa Ana family’s nightmare came to an amazing and touching end…an end that may restore your faith in humanity. Get ready to feel all the feels.
Milagros Perez is a 4-year-old girl who was born with no legs and depends on a specialized wheelchair to get around.
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The wheelchair had to be custom-made to fully benefit little Milagros.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, someone stole Milagros’s wheelchair, which is valued at $10,000.
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The wheelchair, which is too big to fit in the family’s apartment, was left on the outside patio where it normally stays.
Southern Californians heard the story and felt like this:
And the Santa Ana Police Department immediately started combing the neighborhood and city for the little girl’s main form of mobility.
For a couple days, Milagros and her family made do as people came to help however they could.
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The local Home Depot donated a Christmas tree complete with ornaments, the Santa Ana Police Department put together a Thanksgiving dinner for the family, and a real estate agent donated a new Frozen backpack to replace the one that was on the stolen wheelchair.
After hearing the story, Saul Brandman Foundation officials donated $10,000 to cover the costs of getting Milagros a new wheelchair.
This is Milagros Perez. She's 4-years-old and super-rad. Here, she skates around her family's Santa Ana driveway wh… pic.twitter.com/d8KXPpDogY
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George Objanyan, a local businessman with Sherman Oaks Medical Supplies, donated a stroller.
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It’s incredible to see a community come together to help.
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But there is more…
On Sunday, the wheelchair mysteriously appeared back at the house, cleaned and ready to go.
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No one knows who brought the wheelchair back. Police are checking DNA and fingerprints from the wheelchair and are currently investigating the theft.
To make things happier, the Saul Brandman Foundation told the Perez family to keep the $10,000 donation for anything related to Milagros’ medical needs.
How’s that for a happy ending?