Meet American Airlines’ First Special Needs FA: Princess Pooser

November 7, 2018, 2:09 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) – Seventeen-year-old Princess Shantell ‘Shannie’ Pooser made her way into the history books when she was inducted as American Airlines’ first flight attendant with special needs and a terminal illness.

Princess suffers from a series of airway defects, which require her to have around-the-clock care and supervision. She and her mother, Deanna Miller Berry, have made at least 57 trips to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since her condition took a turn for the worst a few years ago.

Regardless of her current state, Princess has defied the odds by continuing to live and proving her doctors wrong time and time again.

Her story is nothing short of incredible.

During the trips to Cincinnati, Princess fell in love with flying and became eager to pursue a career as a flight attendant.

An American Airlines pilot caught wind of her dream, and the airline decided to throw her the 17th birthday party of a lifetime.

Princess and Deanna joined us in-studio to share their amazing journey.