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CRUISE SETS A HEART AFLUTTER

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Movie idol Tom Cruise, who is making a film in Charlotte, N.C., about life in the fast lane as a NASCAR racer, set a little girl's heart aflutter with a visit. Now she'd like to see him again. Before Christmas, Cruise visited 10-year-old Brandi Mason of Fort Mill, S.C., in Charlotte Memorial Hospital, where she was waiting for a heart transplant. Her old heart, severely damaged by a viral infection last summer, beat so wildly when she saw Cruise that she couldn't say a word. "They say her heart rate went up to 170," said Brandi's mother, Ginger Mason. "She could hardly say anything. That's why she wants to see him again. She thinks she can talk this time." Brandi got a new heart last Wednesday and is doing so well she may be able to go home soon.