Youngster Had A Stroke At Birth
Two-year-old William Glisson suffered a stroke while he was
being born, according to Greenville, SC lawyer Matt Kappell, who
volunteers to pilot Angel Flight missions. "William's stroke caused
a variety of complications that have impaired his ability to speak
and walk", Kappel said. "Now his feet are developing
improperly and the Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, SC is
evaluating him for surgery," Kappel added.
Pilot Matt Kappell And The Glisson Family
But William and his parents, Travis and Shannon Glisson, live in
Greenville, North Carolina, which is about 80 miles east of
Raleigh. The round trip by car for the Glissons would be about 14
hours. "William's mom told us that William has a very hard time
riding in cars and when they took a trip last Thanksgiving, he
cried the whole time," stated Bo Bowman, Branch Director for
Angel Flight's South Carolina office located in Greenwood. "Shannon
said that he was much calmer in the plane and the flight took less
than two hours," Bowman added.
William arrived at Greenville Jet Center, which is located at
the Greenville Downtown Airport, a little after 11 am Monday.
"He had an appointment at Shriner's at noon. Greenville Jet Center
volunteered his ground transportation. When he was finished I flew
him home", stated Bowman, who is also a volunteer pilot for Angel
"William is the first Angel Flight patient, coordinated by the
local South Carolina office, to be taken to the Shiner's Hospital
in Greenville," according to Bernadette Darnell with the Angel
Flight Soars Headquarters office in Atlanta.
"My mother who lives in Atlanta would always send me news
clippings from the Atlanta newspaper. On a couple of occasions, my
mother sent me articles about Angel Flight and Mac Secord who lived
across the street from me when I was growing up. As a cancer
survivor I was intrigued with the idea of volunteering for Angel
Flight and three years ago, I started volunteering to fly for
them," added Kappel. "I try to fly 3 or 4 times a year for Angel
Flight," Kappel stated.