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Shelbyville Girl In Need Of Double Lung Transplant Dies

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UPDATE: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt confirmed that Korley Davis passed away Wednesday at 8:22 a.m. 

Korley was in critical condition on an enhanced ventilator inside the hospital's intensive care unit Tuesday night. 

Her parents rushed her to Vanderbilt in early January when the young lady's already diminished lung capacity dipped dangerously low.

By Brent Frazier

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Her parents know a double lung transplant will ultimately save 11-year-old Korley Davis' life. Doctors must first get the girl strong enough to be able to endure such a demanding medical procedure.

"She always has a smile on her face, and she never complains," said Denise Sanders, a friend of the Davis family who's been at Korley's bedside, almost daily, since her medical setback one month ago.

"We believe in the Lord, that he can help and heal her little body," Sanders said, from a waiting room at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

Right now, Korley is heavily sedated, in critical condition, inside the hospital's intensive care unit. Her parents rushed her to Vanderbilt in early January when the young lady's already diminished lung capacity dipped dangerously low. As of Tuesday night, she remains in the hospital.

Korley's parents, Donald and Becky Davis, said Korley has experienced serious illness pretty much since birth. She had childhood leukemia at 3-months-old. Her parents said chemotherapy eventually pulled her through years after that.

The Davis' speculate that all that medical treatment perhaps spurred the onset of her current ailment, pulmonary fibrosis. It's a scarring and hardening of the lung tissue, her parents explained.

Korley turns 12 on Friday, and her family would love nothing more than to see a dramatic improvement in her health. The Davis' said Korley's double lung transplant would take place at a children's hospital in Pittsburgh: the premiere spot for pediatric lung transplants, based on what doctors tell the Davis family.

As loved ones keep vigil at Vanderbilt Children's, hope and prayer for a speedy recovery has blossomed into a full-blown community campaign in Korley's native Shelbyville, in Bedford County.

"Pray for Korley," signs all over the city read. Folks at Korley's school are just as eager to send their well-wishes.

"They want to do whatever they can, whether it's contribute money, food, or just prayers. They want to do whatever they can as far as keep helping Korley just get better," said Cort Huffman, assistant principal at Liberty School, where Korley is a 6th grader.

Huffman said he's overwhelmed and impressed by the outpouring of support for the Davis family. Even from parents, teachers, staffers and the children, he said.

The community has sponsored chili suppers, bake sales, car washes and auctions to raise money for the Davis family. More fundraisers are planned.

Email: bfrazier@newschannel5.com

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