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Weekends with Whitney: Quadriplegic Artist

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BATON ROUGE - Tragedy often unearths things inside us we never knew existed. One woman discovered her inner talents despite nearly losing everything.

Donna Bell is a quadriplegic. She was paralyzed from the neck down in a car crash 35 years ago. She was bored, dependent and frustrated until she put a pencil in her mouth and began to draw.

"When I started drawing, it really picked me up," she told News 2's Whitney Vann. "People were really interested in what I was doing."

Before the accident, Donna didn't have any artistic ability, but the girl who could never draw with her hands blossomed into a woman you could draw beautifully with her mouth.

"I know it is a gift from God. There's no way of explaining it to me," Bell says. I always wanted to drawn, but when I broke me name, it became easy to me."

Not being able to leave home is still a burden for Donna. Years ago, her family could lift her into the car. Now her mom is 77-years-old and her father died a decade ago, so going anywhere is a team-effort. That's why family and friends organized a fundraiser to buy a van for Donna.

"It will make my mom's and sister's lives so much easier," she says. "It would be like someone dropped a million dollars in our hands."

Donna dreams of being able to travel to art museums. Visit her GoFundMe page if you'd like to help her pencil in her trip.

For more information about Donna, watch Weekends with Whitney Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. On WBRZ News 2.



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