Taylor Swift meets Columbia girl struck by car outside of concert
Country singer Taylor Swift surprised one young Columbia girl after the child was struck and injured outside of a concert, according to ABC News.
Amy and Will Markel, of Columbia, brought their 7-year-old daughter, Grace, to Swift's Aug. 10 concert in Chicago.
But just before the concert, People magazine reports tragedy struck.
As Grace was getting out of a cab at the concert venue, she was struck by a speeding SUV driven by an uninsured driver with a suspended license.
She was hospitalized for two days at Children's Mercy Hospital and treated for two skull fractures, a slight left orbital fracture, multiple head lacerations, a severe concussion and road rash over her face and body.
Grace's parents bought tickets to Swift's Nashville performance on Sept. 21, where the singer surprised them by bringing them backstage before the show.
"Taylor greeted Grace by her name and immediately knelt down and hugged her," Grace's mother told the magazine. "She told Grace she had a cold and asked Grace to sing extra loud to help her out."
Afterward, the singer gave Grace a big hug and gave her an autograph that said, "I heart Grace! Taylor."
Grace, who was just cleared to return to school and her activities, said Swift seemed "nice and tall and pretty."
"[The meeting] was just a warm and genuine exchange that made it feel like time has stopped, and it was just the two of them," her mother, Amy, added. "It's so hard to reconcile what we witnessed at the time of the accident with her amazing recovery. ... We feel so very lucky and blessed."
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