The human spirit is said to be that of ability, perseverance and courage that no disability can deny, according to a popular saying. Another belief says there is still ability in disability.
It is a new dawn for 17-year-old Shantell 'Shannie' Pooser and American Airlines, which recently employed the teenager as a flight attendant.
Shannie, as she is fondly called, was born with Down Syndrome, a heart defect and a series of terminal airway defects. Briefly.co.za gathered that she has spent a lot of her time flying back and forth between Denmark and South Carolina to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Her travels back and forth from hospitals in various countries awakened Shannie's love for flying and also inspired her to become a flight attendant.
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Speaking to WIS 10 News about her desire to be a flight attendant, Shannie's mom, Deanna Miller-Berry, said:
"So far, we've been on over 57 [flights]. That's including the connecting flights, as well. She saw the flight attendant, and she was like, 'Mommy, I want to be a flight attendant.'"
Shannie's positive attitude is a delight to everyone around her. After undergoing serious surgery that doctors said would leave her in bad shape, Shannie reportedly came out of the Intensive Care Unit singing 'Let It Go', a popular feel-good song from the Disney hit, Frozen. CBS News reported that Shannie's mother said:
"The surgeons were standing around like, 'We've never had anybody come out of this type of surgery talking ... this girl is singing 'Let It Go' in ICU.'"
Briefly.co.za gathered that on her 17th birthday, American Airlines helped make one of her wishes come true by inducting Shannie as the airline's first flight attendant with special needs.
The airline also threw her a birthday party on a Boeing jet and presented Shannie with an official uniform and badge to wear every time she travels.
Because of her medical conditions, Shannie can't undertake long flights. Nevertheless, she has worked in full uniform four times since her 17th birthday in October. It is her mother's desire that she will be officially employed by American Airlines by the time she turns 18.
Another of Shannie's wishes is to meet former US president, Barack Obama, and his family.
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