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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

10-year-old liver transplant recipient throws out first pitch

WREX | Matt Groves

On the mound for the Riverhawks Tuesday, a small girl with a big heart and a pretty good arm as well. 10-year-old liver disease survivor Shelby Martin brought the heat to kick off the 'Hawks game.

Ten years ago when Shelby was diagnosed with the rare disease, her family knew they were in for a battle.

Tuesday though, with a new liver and a delivery from the stretch she burns one in over home plate while her fans cheer.

"I was kind of mad when my Mom told me I was asleep for 8 days on the ventilator because I could've been doing much more fun things," said Shelby.

She's full of energy now but the past year hasn't been easy for Shelby Martin and her family. Seven months on the transplant list left her mom, Jennifer, waiting and wondering when that call would come.

"It's been unreal. It's really been a ten year journey. She was diagnosed when she was ten weeks old with the liver disease and we knew it'd get to this. It was really this Summer when her health started to decline to the point where we knew she needed the transplant," said Jennifer.

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