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“Pittsburgh’s Stevie Wonder” Performs at West Penn Hospital Holiday Event

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

 

14-Year-Old Prodigy, Blind from Birth, Dazzles with Piano
WHAT:  Shailen Abram of Pittsburgh’s East Hills was born at 1 pound 9 ounces in Allegheny General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, now housed at West Penn Hospital. Completely blind in his left eye and with limited vision in his right, Shailen went home to an uncertain future. But before he was even a year old, Shailen’s mother saw he had a precocious musical talent. At 14 he displays dazzling piano virtuosity and received a “Yes I Can” award from the Council on Exceptional Children in Washington, DC. He and his mother Sharon hope his appearance at West Penn Hospital today gives hope to other families of premature infants.
WHEN: Dec. 7, at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood
WHY: Shailen will bring cheer to patients and employees at West Penn Hospital’s annual holiday gathering. His piano playing has to be seen and heard to be believed, as this You Tube clip shows.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0lYmtSg1Bk
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