Heart patient Katelyn Newell nears chance to meet Justin Bieber

Katelyn Newell could live dream Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS - An 8-year-old girl who recently received a new heart is expected to live her dream Wednesday, with a chance to meet her idol, Justin Bieber.

The pop star is scheduled to perform at a sold-out show at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

Katelyn Newell, a Riley Hospital for Children patient, received a heart transplant in April. She had previously undergone three heart surgeries, the first just days after her birth.

While living at the hospital and awaiting a transplant, Newell had decorated her room with posters of Bieber, including a life-sized cutout.

After she saw one of RTV6's stories on Newell, Alexandra Traycoff, 24, a fellow Bieber fan born with a heart defect, surprised Newell with two tickets to Bieber's show in Indianapolis.

A teacher at Deming Elementary School in Terre Haute helped Newell's family by raising nearly $10,000 to go toward the girl's medical expenses.
 

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