Shands Support Group Throws Prom for Heart Transplant Patient
Published May 4th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - For many high school seniors, prom is considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After one student from Jacksonville was denied her dream to go to prom because of a medical condition, a group of generous volunteers made the impossible dream come true.
Taylor Haberman, 19, is a senior at Bartram High School near Jacksonville. Just like any other high school senior, Haberman could not wait to attend her prom. That is… until a rare heart condition got in the way.
Haberman was born with a condition that causes her heart to be positioned backwards inside her chest. It also only has two chambers, compared to the normal four. Her family says Taylor has received treatment for her condition her whole life without any issues.
But after her body developed a rare protein disorder as a result of her heart condition, doctors told her the only way to cure it would be to undergo a heart transplant. So for the last four months, Haberman has called the Shands Children's Hospital her home as she awaits her operation.
Because of her hospital stay, Haberman thought she would miss her prom. But students from the UF "Streetlight" peer-support program volunteered their own time Friday night to throw a special prom at Shands just for Taylor.
To see Taylor Haberman's story and watch her attend her special prom, click on the video above.
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