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05/16/03

Hometown Hero--Lt. Col. Viers

Lt. Col. Viers Lt. Col. Viers
Shawna Crawford Shawna Crawford

A ten-year-old Hardeeville girl got a second chance at life, thanks to a Low Country Marine. Lt. Col. Mike Viers took things into his own hands and came to Shawna Crawford's rescue. The ten-year-old has a smile that can melt your heart. But it broke many hearts when, last year, her family found out Shawna needed a new kidney.

"She's getting all swelled up. There are good days and they are fewer and fewer," said father Rick Crawford.

That was eight months ago, two months ago, she received a new kidney from Viers, who didn't even know Shawna but was touched by her situation.

"Once I determined that my life wouldn't be any different, the human body can live on one kidney, I said let's do it and help her out," he recalls.

"No words can describe as a mom what he's done for our family," said Shawna's mother Lorna.

Viers' 45-year-old kidney is giving this ten-year-old a new lease on life.

"I was at the right place at the right time, and glad it worked out this well at this point," Viers said.

Lt. Col. Viers is leaving Parris Island for another base at the end of the month, but will take a piece of Shawna with him. For touching lives in ways he'll never know, Lt. Col. Mike Viers is this week's Hometown Hero. 

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email mcihla@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Mike Cihla, mcihla@wtoc.com

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