Teen with heart failure sworn in as honorary Tenn. trooper

(Courtesy: Tennessee Highway Patrol)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Upon hearing the story of a Middle Tennessee teen’s battle against heart failure, Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott knew he had to do something.

Tanner Davis, a senior at Lawrence County High School, was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome and critical aortic stenosis.

When he was just hours old, he had the first of many surgeries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Though his life was full of extensive procedures, including multiple open heart surgeries, Davis was a fighter. His mother said he continuously surprised and puzzled the doctors.

In 2012, his health began decline again. He started going into heart failure and other organs were beginning to shut down. He was put on the heart donor list in June of 2013 and received a heart just 48 hours later.

Davis’ mother said he grew up saying he wanted to be a police officer or in the army. When asked why, Davis would reply “Because they are one of the bravest people I know and I want to be like them.”

On Saturday, Davis’ dream came true.

Colonel Trott, with the help from THP troopers and Davis’ mother, arranged a surprise ceremony for Davis Friday before his high school’s basketball game.

All of the Davis family was there as Colonel Trott met Davis at mid court and swore him in as an honorary state trooper.

Davis’ mother said “We know the road ahead of us is long and unpredictable, but we cannot focus or worry about what might happen. We put all our trust and faith in God’s hands and we will take whatever he has planned for Tanner.”

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