11-Year-Old Girl Awaiting Transplants Has Dreams Come True on Bear Hunt
(KCEN) -- One 11-year-old girl from Wisconsin got to live out one of her dreams during a hunting trip.
She got to shoot a 335-pound bear.
Kaitlynn Bessette is not just an ordinary girl.
She was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia when she was born, causing her to need a heart and liver transplant.
She's still waiting for that, but it hasn't stopped her from doing what she loves most, hunting and fishing.
Last Saturday she went on a bear hunt in Junction City.
And she didn't go home empty-handed.
Bessette said, "When I looked through that scope I didn't see it as a bear. I saw it as a 300 pound lion that's about to attack you so I held the gun as steady as I could. I turned my head and then I shot."
The hunt was made possible by the United Special Sportsman Alliance, a program that helps children with disabilities do things they've always wanted to do.
The family hopes to mount the bear's head on a wall at their home.