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DS theft leads to happy ending

We were disgusted but not surprised to hear the story of Michael Baxter, an 8-year-old Hawaiiian boy whose DS was stolen. This isn't the first case of electronic theft in which a child was the victim, but what makes it worse is that the poor boy had a broken leg at the time. (Though we suppose that's not as bad as this.) The thief might not have known the child was wheelchair-bound when he stole the handheld on an airplane (while the boy was sleeping). That, of course, doesn't make stealing from an injured child any less terrible.

Michael didn't even have his family to turn to after the theft, as he was traveling alone to visit his great-grandmother in Michigan. When he realized that his beloved handheld was taken, he cried, as most little boys would. Here's where the story takes a better turn, though: a stranger named Fiona Lohrisch saw the boy crying, and being a grandmother of five herself, took pity on him. She then resolved to buy Michael a new DS! How sweet!

Tipster Tim sent this story to us describing it as "uplifting," but we're more in the cynical camp of "it's so depressing that this even happened in the first place." Don't let our sour exteriors keep your spirits down or ruin your heartfelt "awwws," though. It really is a happy ending.

[Thanks, Tim!]

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