HOUSTON, TX (WTXF) - A 17-year-old girl is grateful for something most of us take for granted, being able to breathe.
"When she was nine, she had a nosebleed, a terrible nosebleed,” Teresa Standridge said.
Shelby Standridge went to the doctor with a nosebleed and found out it was something much more serious.
After running a battery of tests, the family found out she had cystic fibrosis.
The teenager soon found herself waiting for an organ transplant.
"In the last 3 or 4 years, her liver functions and her lung functions have taken a dive,” Teresa said.
That's when she came from Alabama to Texas Children's Hospital for a double lung and liver transplant.
Dr. Ernestina Melicoff said, "She's very funny, she actually has a very special sense of humor so it's always very nice to come around her because she just lifts everybody's spirits."
"It's amazing, she's happy, full of energy, she's eating, she is making plans for the future,” Teresa said.
"She can live out every one of her dreams now, and just seeing her so happy now is amazing."
"I'm thankful for this transplant and my new life,” Shelby said.