Charlie Sheen pays for injured teen's therapy dog
Charlie Sheen speaks onstage at the "Anger Management" panel during the FX portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 28, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. / Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Teagan Marti didn't really know much about Charlie Sheen before this week -- but she does now.
The actor wired $10,000 to the 15-year-old Florida girl and her family Thursday for a therapy dog to help in her rehabilitation from injuries sustained when she plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010.
Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries in July, 2010, when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders on a free-fall ride were not raised. She had convinced her family to make the trip from Florida to Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells after seeing the amusement park's Terminal Velocity ride on the Travel Channel.
She was hospitalized in Wisconsin and Florida for three months. She initially had no use of her arms or legs but through physical therapy is able to walk again with a walker.
Marti's mother, Julie Marti, said they are financially in trouble from the medical bills and her recent divorce. Their house is being foreclosed upon and insurance isn't covering physical therapy anymore, she said. She had no idea how they would pay for the English Golden Retriever puppy.
"I'm in such disbelief," Julie Marti said. "I was crying...What a guy. What a guy."
Lucia Wilgus became friends with the Marti family after the amusement park ride accident. She sent a letter this week to one of her acquaintances -- who happens to be Sheen's godfather, asking if the actor could help out with the $6,000 needed for training the dog and other related costs.
Sheen said he decided to give more for extra costs. The request had a "personal vibe" since it came through his godfather, and "if there's a need for more I told them to call me," he said.
"I like to pay it forward," Sheen said Thursday in a phone interview from Los Angeles. "People come into your orbit for a reason. You don't always know what that is ahead of time, but if I ignore these requests then I don't have any opportunity to see where these things lead us, or lead me."
In December, the 47-year-old "Anger Management" star donated $75,000 to a fund dedicated to supporting 10-year-old girl battling a form of pediatric cancer.
He said he doesn't like to publicize most of his donations, but wanted to talk about this one to inspire others to donate.
Teagan Marti will recieve the dog on her birthday in September but hasn't made up her mind on a name.
"I think they should name the dog Charlie," Sheen joked.
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