MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It was a life-saving opportunity that was against all odds until FedEx stepped up to the plate.
Although it still seems a bit surreal, the Faris family said their little Brooklyn has a long road to recovery after a liver transplant that was made possibly through the generosity of FedEx.
When the Faris family found out FedEx was going to offer them an airplane ride to Chicago on a corporate plane, they rushed to the airport in 15 minutes.
Now, two days later, Brooklyn is out of surgery and doing well.
"In a way, it is still surreal because it happened so fast," Jesse Faris said.
The family refused to give up and now, thanks to their strong will and determination, combined with help from FedEx, 2-year-old Brooklyn is alive.
"The fact that FedEx was able to come up in a pinch like that was great," Jesse said.
Wednesday the call came in that a donor liver was available for Brooklyn. However, a blizzard had canceled flights up north. The family had to get Brooklyn to Chicago and they needed help.
The call went out to find the family transportation to Chicago.
FedEx stepped up to the plate and flew the family on a corporate plane and took Brooklyn to Lurie Children's Hospital for the life saving surgery.
"Long surgery, but she has come out on the other side very well. She is doing a great job."
Brooklyn's mother, Jesse Faris, said said although the procedure is done, there is still a long road to recover.
Doctors estimate Brooklyn will need to be monitored for the next five years. That includes a lot of trips to Chicago and a lot of medical treatment.
"All of these trips cost money and just paying co-pays, she'll be under 10 meds when we are discharged."
The family is still fundraising through COTA (Children's Organs Transplant Association).
Faris said the support so far has been amazing, thanks to the great people of Memphis.
"We just feel like Memphis loves it's own fiercely and we have felt that fierce love."
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