shannon cockrellAfter delivering her baby, Morgan, Shannon Cockrell waited for her to come from the nursery.

Instead, the new mother was met by the doctor bringing information about Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that features four distinct heart problems: a hole between the lower chambers of the heart, an obstruction from the heart to the lungs, the aorta (a large blood vessel) lies over the hole in the lower chambers, and the muscle surrounding the lower right chamber becomes overly thickened. With this condition, there is not enough blood reaching the lungs and oxygen-poor blood flows to the body.

Before she was six-months-old, Morgan had surgery to fix five different defects. She has now had a total of three surgeries.

From the day she was born, Shannon has been there to support her daughter. Morgan Humphreys is her mother’s Why.

“She’s my Why since the day she was born,” said Shannon.