Classmates Say Goodbye to Stormie Jones
WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) _ More than 900 students remembered classmate Stormie Jones with tributes and cheers Tuesday at her school.
″Stormie would want all of us to remember her for who she was,″ said 13- year-old Chere Bourland during the tribute to the world’s first heart-liver transplant recipient.
″And I think what Stormie wanted us to learn from her is to be proud of what we have, whether we have everything we want or not, and be proud that you are well and alive,″ said Chere, who had known Stormie for two years.
Chere’s comment brought a deafening roar from 940 students in grades six through eight at Brewer Middle School in this Fort Worth suburb.
Stormie, 13, died Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where her transplants were done.
An oak tree was planted Monday in front of the school in Stormie’s honor, said Paulette Lane, the school’s vice principal. A commemorative ceremony will be held as soon as a marker is constructed, she said.
″We all want to remember Stormie,″ Ms. Lane said.
Stormie attended class at the school for a few weeks in the fall before the seventh-grader was forced home by medical problems.
Classmate Christel Bostwell said Stormie will always be beloved by students there.
″She was never mad at anyone,″ said Christel, 13. ″She was a sweet, young child who fought for her life. In the end, she lost the battle, but she never gave up.″
At age 6, Stormie became the first person to receive a transplanted heart and liver at the same time. She received a second liver transplant in February.
But Saturday night, Stormie was flown to the Pittsburgh hospital with a sore throat and high fever. Her condition deteriorated rapidly.