Good Sports: DAUGHTER OF THEIR HEARTS
Prerna Gandhi was a victim of an acid attack in Rohtak, India, in 2011, when she was just 13. Three years later, recovering from third-degree burns on 40 percent of her body, she came to Cincinnati’s Shriners Hospital for Children for further treatment.
A young Cincinnati couple named Heidi and Matt Hudson-Flege welcomed her into their home. She later struck up a friendship with a neighborhood girl named Graci Doll and started auditing classes at Graci’s school, before gaining admission to University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash. When the Hudson-Fleges moved to South Carolina, Graci’s parents, Melissa and Scott Doll, opened their home to Prerna. The Indian community in Greater Cincinnati also came to Prerna’s assistance, holding a fundraiser that brought in almost $12,000 for her college tuition.
“God has blessed us with an inspiration for how to overcome adversity and be empowered,” Melissa Doll told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “She is the daughter of our heart.”
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