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A 4-year-old girl who cannot walk or tal

November 29, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ A 4-year-old girl who cannot walk or talk gave a big smile when the special wheelchair that had been stolen from in front of her house was returned.

Natasha Petit had been unable to leave her home since her $4,700 mechanized wheelchair was taken last week.

But on Thanksgiving morning, after reading about Natasha’s loss in The Miami Herald, Robert Tom called the paper saying he thought he had the wheelchair.

Norman Perez, one of Tom’s employees, told him last week that a man across the street from their food equipment business was trying to sell a child’s wheelchair.

Perez challenged the man and bought the chair for $5, bringing it to his boss.

``Imagine, taking something like that from a child,″ Tom said. ``From a needy, special child who can’t walk.″

Natasha’s face lit up and her eyes glistened when she saw the chair gives her some being returned.

``I got faith in God and in people,″ said her mother, Alacide Petit. ``I knew somebody would bring back the chair.″

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