Taylor Haberman, 18, couldn't attend her high-school graduation. Since January, the Bartram Trail High School senior has been living in Shands Gainesville — 80 miles away from her school in St. Johns, Florida — waiting for a heart transplant.
Taylor was born with congenital heart disease. She had several surgeries as a toddler, but her condition worsened last year. After months of at-home treatments, she was admitted to the hospital in hopes of getting a new heart.
"In order for [Taylor] to be pretty high on the transplant list, she needed to be in-patient," Taylor's mother, Kelly Haberman, told ABC News. "As far as organ donors, she could wait for years and years if she sat at home."
"It's hard because I got to miss the prom, the senior pranks, senior cookout. But it's okay because I know when I get out of here it's going to be worth it," Taylor told First Coast News.
On June 1, nonprofit group Streetlight set up a five-camera stream so that Taylor could watch the ceremony from herRead More »from ‘Virtual’ graduation for Florida teen awaiting heart transplant