JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 boy fighting for a healthy body was honored Tuesday.
At Tuesday night's Jonesboro city council meeting, Mayor Harold Perrin gave a proclamation in honor of Shawn Sheppard.
Sheppard, a 6-year-old, has congenital diaphragmatic hernia, also known as CDH.
According to a CDH website, CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs to move into the chest area and preventing lungs from having enough space to grow.
Only 50% of babies born with CDH survive.
Sheppard cannot speak and eats through a gastrostomy tube. He is also on constant oxygen.
Sheppard, along with his mother, father, and two siblings attended the meeting at the Municipal Center to receive the proclamation.
Mayor Perrin said he was moved by the Sheppard's story and wanted to bring light to the disorder by honoring Sheppard.
Sheppard is a Make-A-Wish kid and is going on a Disney cruise in June as part of his wish granting.
April 19 is International Day of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness.
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