Imagine being a little girl and getting the chance to see Taylor Swift in concert. You'd be thrilled beyond belief. Unless one reckless driver ruined the whole night for you.
That's what happened to Grace Markel this summer when she was hit by a car outside Swift's Chicago show.
According to People magazine, Markel and her dad were getting out of a cab outside Soldier Field when she was hit by an SUV traveling at about 30 miles per hour. She was taken to the hospital with two skull fractures, a slight left orbital fracture, multiple head lacerations, a severe concussion and road rash.
But after more than a month of recovery, Markel gave it another try. Her parents bought her tickets to one of Swift's Nashville shows, and Swift brought them all backstage before the concert.
"Taylor greeted Grace by her name and immediately knelt down and hugged her," Markel's mom Amy told People. "She told Grace she had a cold and asked Grace to sing extra loud to help her out. Taylor's mother told Grace she was so sorry about what happened to her, and she gave me a hug saying she sympathized with what we'd been through. It was so surreal and amazing."
Markel's mother described the meet-and-greet as a "warm and genuine exchange that made it feel like time has stopped, and it was just the two of them."
And the 7-year-old described Swift as being even more "nice and tall and pretty" than she'd expected. After the show, Markel took home the ultimate concert souvenir (besides the pictures of her and Swift): a Taylor Swift T-shirt autographed with "I heart Grace! Taylor"