Libby Hankins

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Emily Moessner

Libby Hankins, a 23-year-old from Gordo who spent her life battling cystic fibrosis, passed away Friday, March 17.

Hankins underwent a double lung transplant at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, last year.

Earlier this month, her body rejected the transplant.

People from all over the world followed Libby’s journey on her Facebook page, Lungs for Libby.  The page reached more than 44,000 people on social media.

Close family friend Kim Dyer said the family is thankful for the outpouring of support from the local community and the world.

“People were so giving,” Dyer said. “To donate their time, any acts of kindness, the monetary donations that were given. The family and friends, everybody is just in awe of how people have stepped up and wanted to join her journey and support her.”

Libby’s mother, Susan Estes, said she’s thankful for all of the prayers, and hopes that people continue to pray for others going through rough times.

“If you followed her Lungs for Libby page, you know that there were thousands and thousands of people praying for her,” Estes said. “We just ask that if you did that for our baby, we would really love it if you didn’t let it end there, and you turned around and prayed for somebody else, because we believe that’s what Libby would want.”

There will be a celebration of Libby’s life on Wednesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at Gordo High School, 630 Fourth Street NW in Gordo.

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