Heart of the game: A second chance

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay High School Blue Devils are preparing for the FHSAA 5A baseball final four next week.

The team is making coach Rob Thompson's 26th and final season one to remember. Shirley Thompson, coach Rob's wife says no matter the outcome, her husband's final season will have a perfect ending.

In addition to be excited about her husband's team possibly winning a state title, Shirley is just thankful to be alive.

In March of 2012 doctors diagnosed her with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension or PAH.

"Pulmonary hypertension" describes high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is one form of pulmonary hypertension.

Later that year Shirley had an emergency hysterectomy, a short time later her body crashed, she suffered lung and heart failure and four weeks later Shirley was in a coma.

Shirley was in critical need of a double lung transplant and was placed at the to of the transplant list.

Then the Thompson family received news a woman four rooms down had passed.

Shirley was given her lungs and a chance to live.

It was then coach Thompson says he knew it was time to give coaching up.

He needed to spend more time with the love of his life and it changed his outlook on life.


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