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Reedsburg community rallies around 7-year-old heart transplant recipient

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REEDSBURG (WKOW)-- The Reedsburg School District is supporting one of their own who's recovering from a recent heart transplant.

7-year-old Amelia Miller received a new heart in September. Just over a month later, the district surprised her with a special video to show their support.

In the video, students, teachers, and staff are shown wearing a t-shirt designed specially for her that says, "Team Ameila."

The district also delivered a care package to Amelia's family filled with well wishes and gift cards to help with expenses like gas, which can add up while they travel back and forth to Milwaukee for doctor's appointments, check-ups, and treatment.

Amelia's mother, Kelly, told 27 News that it made Amelia feel special to see the support from her friends and teachers at the district, specifically her school Pineview Elementary. Kelly Miller said Amelia asked why they would do that for her.

Her speech and language pathologist, Tammy Verch, had an easy answer.

"We all just love Amelia," she said. "She is such a little bright spot in everybody's day, she makes people laugh."

On Ameila's seventh birthday a few weeks ago, the district also put together a drive-by celebration for her.

As Amelia continues to move forward with her new heart, the heart of the Reedsburg community is with her.

"When it comes down to it, that's what we're here for, is to be a family together," Verch said. "Being in a small community, everybody really knows each other and so that helps to bring that closeness to each other and to the situation."

Sara Maslar-Donar

Reporter, WKOW 27 News

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