(FeaturedNews.com) – Nora Gooden, a 14-year-old from Knoxville, has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and requires both breathing assistance and to use a wheelchair. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare genetic disorder that can destroy many of the necessary motor neurons and also weaken the muscles that are necessary for walking, and movement control.
Gooden, who recently celebrated her 14th birthday, was surprised by her parents with tickets for Taylor Swift’s long-awaited Eras Tour. The teen is going to be attending Swift’s sold-out concert on May 6 at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Her parents filmed their daughter’s reaction from when she opened her birthday present to find the Taylor Swift tickets.
Nora’s mom, Jaime, revealed that they had been able to purchase accessible seats with a side stage view, but Nissan helped them get better visibility seats by blocking off seats for Nora’s wheelchair. As her mother explained, Nora needs to lay sideways which means that with the new seats, she is going to be able to “see with the railing height.”
Attending the concert will still have challenges for Nora, who has trouble breathing and is usually recommended to limit exposure to others. Her mom said that she is “stepping out of her comfort” so that she can bring her daughter to the concert and give her a normal teen experience.
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