Beautiful bond between teacher and special needs student

WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) - Mercedes Watson has had the time of her life spending hundreds of dollars in new, much needed clothes with her teacher Tara Muchow and the staff at Western Wayne Skill Center in Westland.

Mercedes is a student at the school. Teachers there show special needs students how to develop skills to get jobs.

It was dream come true for Mercedes.

7 Action News first introduced the metro-Detroit area to Mercedes in May 2013. Tara saved Mercedes' life when she was choking at a school picnic.

She jumped into action and gave her student the Heimlich maneuver.

"I would like to thank her for saving me because if it she didn't save me I would be dead," said Mercedes.

The two have a very special bond.

Little did Mercedes know this past spring before the incident happened, Tara had been behind the scenes applying for a grant through the Emily Ann Griffin Foundation to get Mercedes money for clothes.

Friday the women picked out a lot of cute pieces.

"This is absolutely awesome day to be able to take her out she is going to look great," said Tara.

"Very nice… very school appropriate," said Mercedes.

The witty 20-year-old was all smiles as she talks about her new outfits but she really wears her heart on her sleeve when she talks about her teacher.

Both say believe their friendship will last a lifetime.

"She doesn't see me in a wheelchair," said Mercedes. "She sees me as a normal, normal kid. She sees me as a normal adult."

"She is an amazing young woman and just her spirit… I don't know she is just amazing," said Tara.

The next school year starts in early September and Mercedes cannot wait to show off her new wardrobe.

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