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Donor gives Purple Heart to 12-year-old stabbing victim

Jul. 22, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
The 12-year-old girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates, anonymously received a Purple Heart.
The 12-year-old girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates, anonymously received a Purple Heart. (Marine Corps)
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In this June 19 photo provided by Dana Hoffmann, a 12-year-old Waukesha, Wis., girl who wished to remain unidentified holds a 'Thank You' poster for the many supporters from around the world that have sent her cards. (Dana Hoffmann / AP)

WAUKESHA, WIS. — The Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift.

The 12-year-old girl is out of the hospital and has been recovering at home. Her family had asked that well-wishers send her purple hearts, reflecting her favorite color and shape. She was inundated with paper hearts from around the country.

Now one anonymous donor has given her the real thing: a military Purple Heart. The medal is awarded to veterans who are wounded or killed in action.

The girl’s family said Tuesday the medal came with a card that read, “The only heart I could find! Be strong!”

The girl’s family has asked that her name not be revealed.

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