It’s a story so improbable that Hollywood movie producers would probably reject the script for being too far-fetched.
A father and daughter both receiving heart transplants.
And their family name?
But it’s true!
The heart-shaped sign on the front door in Rogersville is not just about Valentine’s family name, but also about the unique bond seven-year-old Lyla shares with her 32-year-old dad Rocky, who’s currently the school superintendent at Sparta.
Back in the 7th grade, Rocky was an active 13-year-old athlete when he suddenly developed flu-like symptoms that turned out to be an enlarged heart, which leads to heart failure.
Rocky would end up getting a heart transplant from an 18-year-old girl named Tiffany who had drowned in Alabama.
“I was sick from March until June and was playing basketball and begging to play football in August of that year,” Rocky said of his quick recovery time.
Rocky went on to play multiple sports at Ava high school and lead a healthy, normal life, marrying Rogersville native Breanna Grier. The couple consulted doctors before having children, and other than Rocky’s unusual episode “There’s no family history of heart problems,” Breanna said. “So they gave us the O.K.”