Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ethiopian baby Frehiwot struck by car in Maryland dies

(May 21, 2013, (Maryland))--A Frederick toddler struck by a car at a Walkersville park over the weekend has died, according to Maryland State Police.Frehiwot Olsson, 2, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was taken after being struck at Heritage Farm Park earlier in the day.

Born in Ethiopia, Frehiwot was also known by her adoptive family as Marra. "She's loved by so many, and she touched so many lives," her mother, Amy Olsson, said during a telephone interview Monday night. 

"Adoption is such a beautiful, redemptive thing.We are finding so much comfort in her story alone and knowing that we had her for these months that we did, and to give her a family, we feel so blessed. That's what is carrying us through." The girl's father, Sten, said Frehiwot had a difficult start to her life. She was abandoned by her birth mother in Ethiopia, he said. They adopted her in July 2011, but she didn't arrive in Frederick until January 2012, Sten said.

"It was just a very long and arduous process," Sten said. "She really changed us a lot. All the time we got to spend with her in the last year and a half was just very special time. She lit up our whole lives." The family is adopting another girl from Ethiopia, he said. Read more from Frederick news post »

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