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August 17, 2013

'Miracle baby' becomes competitive gymnast, longs to be U.S. citizen

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. —

A few years ago, one of Madina's doctors said gymnastics would help her muscle development and make her stronger. She's now enrolled at Hoosier Gymnastics in Plainfield, Ind., and she is on the gym's competition team with other girls in junior high and high school.

"She's pretty amazing," Deanna said. "I am so very proud of her."

Madina has dreams of representing the United States in the Olympics.

"I don’t know if she can make it or not, but her coaches said she has the inner drive. Anything is possible," Deanna said.

Madina recently won a writing competition through her local newspaper, the Hendricks County Flyer. Her winning entry started, "My mom is very special because she adopted me. She had to travel a long way all by herself and that had to be scary … I have had a lot of operations and my mom never left my side."

Her letter went on to say, "She sits night after night at gymnastics practice and rarely complains. She's my biggest cheerleader … she always finds time for me after a very hard day of work."

And even though gymnastics is her passion, Madina said, "What I want more than anything is to be an American citizen."

Brenda L. Holmes is a reporter for The Hendricks County Flyer in Avon, Ind.

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