If you travel a lot, you know how irritating airlines can be at times. However, a South Carolina teen is on cloud nine, thanks to receiving her 17th birthday wish courtesy of American Airlines.
The airline surprised Shantell “Shannie” Pooser this past Saturday during a birthday party, inducting her as the first Flight Attendant with special needs and a terminal illness.
Shantell’s mother, Deanna Miller Berry, told WIS News 10 that her daughter has down syndrome and is fighting a series of airway defects called laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia, and tracheobronchial malacia. This obstructs more than 87 percent of her airways.
Shannie and her mom have flown on over 57 flights to attend appointments at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Spending so much time up in the air helped Shannie develop a love for air travel.
“She saw the flight attendant, and she was like, mommy, I want to be a flight attendant,” said Berry.
American Airlines got wind of Shannie’s dream and decided that Shannie will be a part of the flight staff during her future flights.
Congratulations, Shannie! We’re proud to have her as part of the #fAAmily and are looking forward to sharing the skies with her.— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) October 16, 2018
To learn more about Shannie’s story visit, The Shannie Foundation. A non-profit founded by Ms. Berry that educates and promotes airway defect awareness.
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