Shelby is finally living the life she always imagined.
She is a graduate student studying to be a Physician Assistant. And when she isn’t preparing for midterms or doing clinical rotations, she can be found spending time with her family, reading a book or watching TV. She takes joy in the simple things and is thankful for every day.
Living her dreams wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the organ donor who selflessly gave her the gift of life.
Shelby was born with a rare heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy, which makes the heart muscles stiff and limits the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body. She got progressively sicker as she got older, until she reached the point where she couldn’t even walk up stairs. At age ten, she was admitted to the hospital and listed for a heart transplant. She lived in the hospital for 2 months until she received the call she had been waiting for: a match had been found. Today Shelby lives life to the fullest in honor of her donor.