Fundraiser will aid student with heart, lung transplants

Shea McNeely received the best gift for her 17th birthday – a new first breath.

During her sophomore year at Buhach Colony High, McNeely was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare disorder in which arteries in the lungs become narrow or blocked. The constriction causes the heart to work harder to pump blood through those arteries. This causes strain on the heart and the condition may become life threatening.

On Dec. 18 of last year, she received her heart-lung transplant, and three days later, she took her first unassisted breath with her new lungs.


Merced group, churches team to shed light on child abuse

ACE Overcomers, a program that aims to help teens and adults overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences, has teamed with several churches to spread the word on preventing child mistreatment and promoting well-being in keeping with Child Abuse Awareness Month in April.

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