Parkland Teen Meets Therapy Dog Paid For By Charlie Sheen
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MILWAUKEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A Parkland teenager teen who survived a life-altering accident on Wisconsin amusement park ride finally got to meet the companion dog that actor Charlie Sheen is funding.
In 2010, Teagan Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch her on a free-fall ride weren’t raised. She was paralyzed initially, but through physical therapy, she can now walk with a walker.
Sheen wired $10,000 to the family in February after a family friend helped contact Sheen for help.
The family named the dog Charlie in honor of Sheen. Charlie is a therapy dog that is being trained to turn on lights, pick up objects and be the teen’s constant companion.
Fifteen-year-old Teagan said she was excited to meet the 4-month-old English Golden Retriever puppy Thursday. The family traveled to Milwaukee to meet Charlie, who is being trained in the Fond du Lac area.
She will get the therapy dog for her September birthday.
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