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Taylor Swift once again proves that she truly cares about her fans. Grace Markel was hit by a reckless driver while walking to Swift’s concert in August. After recovering from multiple injuries, 7-year-old Markel attended Swift’s Nashville show where the pop star surprised her young fan with a backstage meet and greet.
People reports, Grace was struck by an SUV cruising at an estimated 30 miles per hour moments after Grace exited a taxi with her father near Swift’s Red concert in Chicago. The driver of the SUV was uninsured and driving with a suspended license.
Grace was hospitalized for the next two days and was treated for two skull fractures, a slight left orbital fracture, multiple head lacerations, a sever concussion, and road rash, ABC News reports.
A month later, Grace’s parents, Amy and Will Markel, bought tickets to Swift’s show in Nashville, so their daughter could finally see her idol. Not only did Grace see Swift in concert, but the pop singer invited her backstage.
“Taylor greeted Grace by her name and immediately knelt down and hugged her,” Amy Markel said in an interview with People. “She told Grace she had a cold and asked Grace to sing extra loud to help her out.”
Before leaving to take the stage, Swift posed for pictures with Grace and signed the sleeve of Grace’s Taylor Swift shirt with “I heart Grace! Taylor.”
Although the young girl was nervous to meet her favorite singer, she described her as “nice and tall and pretty.”
Grace was recently cleared to return to school and her normal activities.
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