8-Year-old Girl Who Survived Liver Transplant Joins New York Rangers as First Female Player
An 8-year-old girl who survived a liver transplant got the wish of her young life when the New York Rangers signed her to a hockey contract, making her the first female player in the team’s 89-year history.
OK, it was only for one day. But still, little Kayleigh Petersen of East Brunswick, New Jersey, got to skate across the ice at Thursday night’s game in Madison Square Garden.
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She was introduced with the team, and sat in the box with her fellow teammates, according the Rangers.
Kayleigh was diagnosed with Tyrosinemia Type 1, a malady that forced her to undergo a liver transplant.
Since her 2009 surgery, the child became deeply involved in dancing and playing hockey.
“She has tremendous skills and we felt her strength and character are through the roof,” said Adam Graves of the team. “We are proud and honored to have her as part of the Rangers organization.”
The little girl’s dream night came courtesy of the venue’s “Garden of Dreams Night” at Madison Square Garden.
The functions are designed to raise awareness of children’s issues.