Prudence returned to Telluride this year, 1 year after Rick met her there. Four months ago, she had spine surgery at Children’s Hospital of Denver, followed by hip surgery, to protect her posture and lungs. Prudence was born with a condition called arthrogryposis, and cannot walk or use her arms. Rick contacted his friend and colleague, Dr. Steve Berman, professor of pediatrics at University of Colorado, who arranged this free care. She has had a difficult and painful course of rehabilitation, but managed to get to MountainFilm in Telluride again, and sing in front of several thousand people. She was clearly thrilled to be back performing.
Prudence won an award with a $1000 prize for exemplifying “the spirit of the festival,” and funds were collected so that she could have a handicapped-accessible home when she returns to Zimbabwe.
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