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Thrill ride victim unites with special puppy


The teenage Florida girl who fell one hundred feet in a Lake Delton thrill ride accident two years ago has overcome near paralysis, and will have a companion by her side as she continues her remarkable recovery.

In Milwaukee, 15-year old Teagan Marti met her new dog, a four month old, white English golden retriever.

The gift of the dog was made possible by a $10,000 donation from actor Charlie Sheen.

Fittingly, Teagan Marti's new pup is named "Charlie."

But this Charlie, is a she.

Wisconsin-based Tails for Life trainer Jake Guell says Charlie is a "hybrid," what he calls a companion-assistance dog. Guell says Charlie will be able to help Teagan navigate as she uses a walker to get around, and will be able to perform tasks such as turning on-and-off lights.

American Family Children's Hospital nurse practitioner Lynne Sears cared for Marti from the day of her emergency room admission. Sears says Marti had severe spinal and other injuries, and nearly lost her life.

Marti was hurt when a ride operator failed to signal to deploy a ground-level safety net.

Sears says Charlie's greatest value to Marti goes beyond daily living help. "She's been through alot. I want to her have fun."

Guell says Charlie has several months of additional training. He says the plan is for the dog to join Teagan in Florida around the time of her sixteen birthday in September.

Marti says she's just thrilled the day finally came of her meeting with her adorable pup.

Sheen was able to attend the uniting of teenager and dog. But his godfather, catholic brother Stephen Cardinal of Kenosha County says Sheen's generosity was sparked by the possibilities his canine namesake represented for Marti's future.

Teagan Marti's trip to Wisconsin has one more meeting scheduled, next Monday, with Charlie Sheen himself.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The teenage Florida girl who fell 100 feet at a Lake Delton thrill ride continues her recovery, as she meets her new therapy dog in Milwaukee Thursday afternoon.

The English golden retriever companion was made possible for Teagan Marti through a gift by actor Charlie Sheen.

After the July 2010 accident, doctors gave Marti little chance of walking again. But through months of physical therapy, the teen is walking.

Marti's new companion, named "Charlie," will continue to receive training to prepare him to assist in daily living activities. "Charlie" comes from the Golden Choice facility in Fond du Lac.



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