This 17-year-old with a terminal illness was hired by American Airlines to live her dream as a flight attendant.
Shantell “Shannie” Pooser was born with a heart defect, and a series of terminal airway defects. She has to travel from South Carolina to Cincinnati, Ohio for treatments and surgeries at the children’s hospital there.
After a life-saving surgery in 2016, Shannie and her mom Deanna Miller-Berry created a bucket list that included goals like becoming a flight attendant. She was reportedly inspired by all the nice attendants she met on her trips to Cincinnati.
Shannie’s wish came true on her 17th birthday when American Airlines hired her to help other flight attendants demonstrate safety instructions before each flight. She will join the flight crew every time she flies to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She was hired after her mom reached out to a friend who works for American Airlines.
The airline’s staff also threw Shannie a birthday party on a Boeing jet. Her friends, family, and local celebrities attended, like Columbia Mayor Stephen J. Benjamin. The airline even sent her an American Airlines badge and a uniform.
“A mother’s love and her promise that if she fought to life, I would make her dreams come true even if it cost me all that I had, and a promise to God that if He allowed her to live, I would tell her story to inspired the world of His grace and love for us all,” stated Deanna of her daughter.