Big Boi, who makes up half of rap duo OutKast, has gifted a young girl a puppy after she was paralyzed in a shooting.


The girl, Abriya Ellison, 5, was paralyzed from the waist down when she was shot while playing in a bouncy castle in Atlanta earlier this year. Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton, told a local radio station that he wanted to get “something therapeutic” for Ellison.

The rapper said the child is “definitely inspiring” and that her story touched his heart. He has also volunteered to pay off Ellison’s medical bills and to renovate her home bathroom to make it handicap accessible. “My brother saw her story that morning and was like, ‘Bro, we got to do something for this little girl,” Big Boi said.

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The rapper breeds bulldogs at Pitfall kennels, so he gifted one of the dogs bred there. “What are you going to name your puppy?” asked WSB-TV Channel 2’s Lori Wilson. “King!” she replied.

Ellison’s mother Andreauna Douglas reports that her daughter recently finished three months of intense therapy, and grew to love service dogs at the hospital. “She’s been asking for it for the longest, and I know that a puppy that she take care of and actually get responsibility of is going to do nothing but help her,” Douglas said. “I’ve been born ready for a puppy,” Ellison added.

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