Morgan has gone through many hardships from the day she was born. She has had multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac catheterizations for her congenital heart defect (CHD), as well as surgeries for her radial dysplasia, her eyes, and in the future, for her jaw.
Morgan and I have been best friends since second grade, where we instantly connected upon being put on the same basketball team. Growing up, I have seen all of the bumps in the road that Morgan has encountered. Although we would drift apart, as friends sometimes do, she would always be there for me as I would be for her.
As the years went by, she would have a surgery here and there mixed in with some check-ups at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she has gone since she was an infant. However, I never experienced anything like 2013, when Morgan was diagnosed with infectious endocarditis. She had a cold for a while, and then one day out of the blue, she was rushed to the nearby hospital, only to be transferred to CHOP from the severity of her condition. She was in the hospital for about a month, but was out of school for four months. This is tough on a teenager, and the results could have been fatal, but she stayed strong throughout it all.
I’m convinced that the word “cannot” was never in Morgan’s vocabulary, and this is what causes her to be such an inspiration to our entire community. The whole town has supported Morgan from when she was a child, coming out to cheer for her at her tee-ball games, her basketball games, and Morgan would never fail to make everyone proud.
The most astounding example of support from our community came in 2015, when Morgan held a benefit for CHD awareness that raised money for CHOP’s cardiac department. Hundreds of people came out, donated, and enjoyed the festivities. She ended up raising over $20,000, with an original goal of a mere $5,000. I think that really goes to show how much of an inspiration Morgan is to those around her. I have no doubt that she will continue to amaze and inspire for years to come.
Morgan’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/InspirationalVideosx
Morgan’s Blog: https://morgansmiracleheart.wordpress.com/
About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Shelby Berger
Shelby is a freshman in college, majoring in advertising, that has had an interest in videography since she was twelve years old. When she was younger, she used to make silly videos with her friends for fun, and over the years, her interest in video making has grown. Her mother is a photographer, so she has always been around cameras from when she was a little girl, and aspires to incorporate her talents in video and photography into a career one day.