PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As 11-year-old Bailie Zilli made her way into CONSOL Energy Center for the Justin Bieber concert Tuesday night, the anticipation built.
Bailie was 2-years-old when she fell into a pool causing traumatic brain injury.
Nine years later, she’s confined to a wheelchair and is unable to speak. No words can describe the look on her face when her idol hit the stage Tuesday.
“After her accident, you concentrate so much on the things that they won’t be able to do,” said Tom Zilli, Bailie’s father. “To see her face and the joy it brings her, to see now the things that she can do, it’s just wonderful.”
Getting Bailie and her family to the concert started when Bailie’s therapists noticed the little girl’s reaction to teen idol Justin Bieber.
The therapists reached out to Excela Health to get tickets, and in a therapy session surprised Bailie with one for her one ticket for a parent.
The family thought they were going to have to choose who would get to go until early Tuesday when a family in Greensburg had an extra ticket they wanted to give to the Zilli’s.
On Tuesday, the trio listened to Bailie’s favorite song “Baby,” and shared what they called the opportunity of a lifetime.
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