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Transplant Recipient Named Honorary Mountaineer


West Virginia is welcoming a new Mountaineer this weekend as the University hosts Nefeterius McPherson, a liver transplant recipient whose story spread through the state in October.

McPherson received her liver transplant from Taitlyn Hughes, a 12-year-old West Virginia native, in November of 2011. A Texas native, McPherson wore one of Hughes' WVU t-shirt's to the team's football game against the UT Longhorns in Austin, Texas, which sparked interest and support from the Mountaineer community.

West Virginia arranged for McPherson and her mother, Katharyn, to spend the weekend in Morgantown and experience the city with a home football game on the schedule.

During halftime of Saturday's game against Texas Christian University, McPherson will be named an honorary Mountaineer, though she says she feels as though she already has that distinction.

"To become an honorary Mountaineer, I can't even begin to describe how I feel. I truly can't find the words to explain that," McPherson said while speaking to a WVU journalism class Friday. "I think that's great that I'm being recognized, but I really feel like I'm already part of Mountaineer Nation as you all say. I guess it becomes a little more official with the recognition."

McPherson will be joined by Hughes' family, also guests of WVU, on Saturday and she says being able to spend time with them and continue to carry on her own life in Taitlyn's memory makes her trip to Morgantown that much more special.

"I think it's so awesome because Taitlyn loved West Virginia University football and she loved the school, so for me to now officially become a part of it, there's nothing greater," McPherson said.

In addition to her time with WVU students on Friday, McPherson was treated to a tour of Morgantown and its surrounding areas, including a look at the new basketball practice facility and a stop at nearby Coopers Rock State Forest.

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