Shawn is a senior at Austin High School in Decatur. In his short years, he has undergone at more than 15 surgeries, including two kidney transplants. His physical problems began at 6 months. His condition has been described by his doctors as a kidney disease. He went through his first kidney transplant. When his aunt Nadine Newsome (who had donated the kidney) woke, she learned that Shawn was in a coma. “I did not come here to preside over a death. I came here to celebrate a life,” she said. Aunt Nadine then bought party utensils, invited the other kids in the children’s ward to Shawn’s room, and started having a party. The children called his name and sang and wished him a happy birthday. In the midst, Shawn sat up and rubbed his eyes.