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'Wheel of Fortune' features first special needs contestant (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Wheel of Fortune fulfilled one lucky life-long fan of the show’s dream by featuring him as a contestant. But Trent Girone was not an ordinary fan. He was the show’s first contestant with special needs when he appeared on Wednesday night’s episode.

Girone, 21, of Peoria, Arizona told host Pat Sajak that he has been a fan of the show since he was 2. According to The Las Angeles Times, Girone has both Asperger's and Tourette's syndromes and had to undergo nine brain surgeries. Still, he excelled at the game, correctly guessing the first puzzle of the show - “a smashing success.”

Had it not been for an ill-timed spin that landed on “Bankruptcy,” Girone might have been able to win. He was still a winner for many viewers though, who helped “#TeamTrent” trend on Twitter.

In a blog post, Girone wrote that he had tried every opportunity possible to get on his favorite show.

“The first thing my family and friends said when I found out I was going to be on the show was of course, congratulations, and they also asked when it would air. Then they told me that I would do great, and that they were very proud of me,” Girone wrote. He said that he was excited to meet Sajak, although he was disappointed that he didn’t get to chat with Vanna White.

“I want to thank all of the contestant staff for taking the time to help me, and would like to thanks Pat Sajak for his assistance, as well. I have some physical challenges that they were aware of and they made sure I was safe and comfortable,” Girone added. “February 27, 2014 was one of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE!”

Girone’s episode was taped back in February.

 

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