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FOUND: Seymour toddler's missing wheelchair returned

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SEYMOUR, Ind. (WDRB) -- A toddler in Seymour, Indiana who may never walk on her own now has her wheelchair back.

We received countless calls and offers to help after a WDRB report told of the 2-year-old little girl missing her special needs wheelchair -- and we were there when the little girl found out she got her wheels back.

The family tells us someone knocked on the door of their home sometime overnight. When they opened the door, the wheelchair was on the porch.

"It was the chair," said Jerasu Hudson, the little girl's grandmother.  "There was nobody there and I screamed."

The $5,000 specialized Blue Panthera Micro Manual Wheelchair belongs to Kaly Hudson. She suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease that leaves her muscles too weak for her to walk on her own.

That's why a non-profit organization donated the chair to Kaly and her family in September.

It went missing on Jan. 4 when her mother, Amanda James, left it on the curb outside Kaly's grandmother's home at the corner of Second Street and Calvin Blvd.

It took about two hours before Kaly asked about the chair. By then it was gone.

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The family was heartbroken.

"My heart just sank because I knew it was gone," said Jerasu Hudson, Kaly's grandmother. "It breaks my heart because this is Kaly's only independence and mobility that she has."

Kaly's infectious personality triggered countless donations, with people putting up reward money, offering to help buy a new wheelchair, or even offering their own. Roughly $1,700 was raised online.

"I would hope that we're a better community than that than -- to steal a wheelchair from a child," said Chief Bill Abbott of the Seymour Police Department.

It turns out that Abbott was right.

Kaly, who adores Dora the Explorer, will be 3 years old on Jan. 12, and she's already gotten one of her wishes: the freedom to move on her own in her wheelchair.

WDRB'S Gilbert Corsey was there when Kaly was reunited with her wheelchair.

"Who found it?" Kaly asked.

"I don't know," Hudson said. "They left it on my front porch."

"They did?" Kaly asked.

"They found it just for you," Hudson said.

"For me?" Kaly gasped.

"Yes they did, baby," Hudson said.

"On your front porch?" Kaly asked.

"That's right," Hudson said.

"Oh," Kaly said. "I want to get in it!"

What will happen to the donation money now?

"That is up to the people who gave it," said Hudson. "They can have it back, or we can put it into a fund for future medical expenses, or I was teasing and said, 'Put it toward a wheelchair van so this never happens again.'"

The first person Kaly wants to tell of her good fortune, was Scratchy the cat.

"Scratchy, I got my chair back!" Kaly said. "Scratchy, where are you? Where are you scratch?"

For everyone else, Kaly has one message.

"Thank you!"

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