Shelby Glisson had a rare lung condition that required her to be on oxygen since she was 9 months old, but she didn’t let that slow her down! She did all the things “normal” kids do--school, church, girl scouts, swimming, and dance lessons--all with an incredible smile that touched the hearts of many.
She received her first double lung transplant December 23, 2006. She went into chronic rejection and did photopheresis treatment to preserve the lung functions she had left. She went on to graduate from Friendship Christian School, attended the University of Chattanooga Nursing Program and was a proud member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. After a year and a half in college, she started feeling ill and the transplant team did her 7 year evaluation early to try to figure out what was going on.
It was determined her health was deteriorating rapidly and she wouldn’t survive very long without a second lung transplant. She did get very, very ill and went on a ventilator to try to wait for the gift of life. She had her 2nd lung transplant on August 12, 2014. It was a difficult surgery and Shelby’s poor body met with many, many complications. She fought incredibly hard, but went to meet her Heavenly Father on February 4, 2016.
IN SPITE OF ALL HER HEALTH CHALLENGES, SHE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN EVERY LIFE SHE TOUCHED.