Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Breaking News

Home

August 16, 2013

Young gymnast longs to be U.S. citizen

BROWNSBURG —

When Deanna French brought a tiny baby home from Chechnya she had no idea the impact she would have on her life. The baby had barely survived her birth and was severely underweight at 11 months.

Now, Madina French, 10, is a thriving young lady with Olympic aspirations and a desperate desire to have her American citizenship.

“She was a premature baby that weighed 1.1 pounds,” Deanna said. “She’s a miracle baby.”

Little Madina fought for her life but needed a lot of medical care. Deanna, a single woman, had wanted to adopt and she was contacted about taking her into her family.

“I was doing some medical mission work at the time and found out she was available,” she said. “I said ‘yes’ and have never regretted my decision. I fell in love with her immediately.”

Madina was born without most of her face. She has had 22 surgeries to construct a face and is still in need of more medical procedures. She will soon have surgery to construct a hard pallet.

Deanna was able to legally adopt Madina but her country will not allow her to become an American citizen.

“And since she is not an American citizen, I cannot get any kind of help,” Deanna said. “She doesn’t have a social security number so I can’t apply for assistance for her medical care. She is considered an alien in the U.S. even though she has been here since she was 11 months old.”

Without a social security number she is also unable to get medical insurance.

“My daughter has totally changed my entire life for good,” she said. “But we’ve had to overcome lots of hurdles.”

Her parents were a source of support before they passed. Now, she says, she relies on her church family at Plainfield Christian Church.

Text Only
Local News
pic 1.JPG

GOING HOME: Damon Bradtmueller and his wife Susan will be heading back home to Brownsburg Wednesday, now that Damon is healthy enough following his lung transplant June 30.

  • Brownsburg resident is state's first to receive ‘breathing lung’ transplant

    Thanks to Indiana University Methodist Hospital and an innovative technique known as the ‘breathing lung’ transplant, Damon Bradtmueller of Brownsburg now has a new set of lungs.

    July 23, 2014 6 Photos 1 Video

  • HCF 7-23 news family promise pic Family Promise awarded use variance

    AVON — The continuation of a request for a use variance resumed Thursday at the Avon Town Hall.Parties from both Family Promise and the adjoining neighborhood, Stratford of Avon, packed the room at the Avon Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to discuss

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Event to raise money for Alzheimer's disease

    At 7 p.m. Aug. 8, “Dragstars” and “Dudettes” will once again come together in support of Alzheimer’s disease.The Z’Sparkle Party and Drag Race to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place on Main Street in Zionsville, calls upon some of the community’s

    July 23, 2014

  • Thompson April 24, 2014

    Helen “Louise” (Overton) Blum Thompson od Danville died April 24. She was 92.A memorial service is noon Saturday at Bartlett Chapel United Methodist Church in Avon.Weaver & Randolph Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements.

    July 23, 2014

  • Suicide prevention training held Aug. 2

    Mental Health America of Hendricks County (MHAHC) is offering QPR, a suicide prevention training program, to the general public. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Ride raises money for HRH infant program

    Proceeds of $4,445 raised at the fifth annual Little Angels Ride will help the Infant Bereavement Program at Hendricks Regional Health.Funds are used to support families who have lost children due to miscarriage, stillborn or infant death.The program

    July 23, 2014

  • Lifesteps program coming to HRH

    Beginning in August, Hendricks Regional Health is offering the comprehensive Lifesteps program designed to help adults successfully change eating habits and increase physical activity.Participants learn about metabolism, managing food choices, examin

    July 23, 2014

  • No Headline Provided

    Editor’s note: For more photos of the Hendricks County 4-H Fair, visit the website at www.flyergroup.com.

    July 23, 2014

Sports
  • Colts getting healthy as training camp opens

    ANDERSON — Reggie Wayne's arrival Wednesday in an IndyCar driven by two- time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Ed Carpenter drew national attention.

    July 24, 2014

  • HCF 7-23 spt little league pic-1.jpg Bulldog Little Leaguers advance to semis

    PLAINFIELD — Though the Brownsburg Little Leaguers advanced out of pool play in the fourth, and final spot, the Bulldogs drew into undefeated Golfmoor in the Indiana State Little League Tournament to set up a daunting quarterfinals matchup with a No.1-seed.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • AllStars-167.jpg County players shine in South win

    INDIANAPOLIS — Hendricks County players did their share in Friday’s Grange Insurance All-Star Classic at North Central High School, as the South stomped the North, 30-2.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • HCF 7-23 spt brickyard pic-1.jpg Stewart, Gordon ready for Brickyard

    It’s hard to ignore the Hoosier connections going into the Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com race.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • HCF 7-23 spt lucas oil pic-2.jpg Big two days coming up at LOR

    Lucas Oil Raceway will get a big Indianapolis-area racing weekend off to a flying start with major events on Thursday and Friday.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Featured Ads
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Email News Sign Up
Must Read
Facebook
Poll

Has the rash of shootings in Indianapolis made you reconsider attending an event or patronizing a business there? Yes, it's out of control No, it's no more dangerous than anywhere else

     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide