Big Boi Surprises 5-Year-Old Girl Who Was Paralyzed After A Shooting In Atlanta With An Amazing Gift


Rapper Big Boi might be in the midst of promoting a new album and tour, but a story about a 5-year-old in need has briefly stopped him in his tracks.

The rapper –– known for being a member of OutKast and an Atlanta native –– heard about 5-year-old Abriya Ellison and how she was shot while playing in a bounce house back in April after his brother, James, saw the story on the news. Abriya, who lives in Atlanta, just completed three months of intense therapy and is paralyzed from the waist down.


Throughout her time in therapy, Abriya fell in love with the service dogs she came across in the hospital. And now, Big Boi has made her dream of owning one come true.

The two recently met and Big Boi presented her with a bulldog puppy from Pitfall Kennels in Atlanta, where he breeds bulldogs.

"I've been born ready for a puppy," Abriya said.

When asked what she'll name her new puppy, she exclaimed, "King!" Her mother, Andreauna Douglas, told WSB-TV Atlanta that the puppy will make a big difference in her journey to recovery.

"She's been asking for it for the longest and I know that a puppy that she can take care of and now she has responsibility, it's going to do nothing but help her," she said. 

Big Boi and his brother plan on covering the vet care King will need, and have also covered Abriya's medical costs by helping her achieve her $5,000 goal on her GoFundMe page. In addition to those costs, the brothers will help make her bathroom accessible for her wheelchair.

Upon meeting Abriya, Big Boi was instantly charmed by the 5-year-old's positive attitude and hopes King will keep her spirits up.

"There's nothing like having a companion or a service dog, something therapeutic that you can love on, that can love back on you," he said to WSB-TV 2 Atlanta. "She's been through a lot and to see how strong she is now, that was just like 'Oh my goodness.' She's definitely inspiring and it just touched our heart, so we're just trying to do what we can do to help."

The fan response to the good deeds has been extremely positive.


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