Toddler living a new 'normal' thanks to FedEx's life-saving delivery

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A life-saving delivery from Memphis-based FedEx changed a young child's life when she needed an organ donation in the middle of a winter storm.

FedEx braved the storm and did what they do best--they delivered.

The recipient of that organ donation, Brooklyn Farris, is living a new life after taking on major surgery at just 2 years old.

The Farris family has a new normal now, and it's thanks to a great team and a great delivery.

Brooklyn's family said she would not be alive today if it wasn't for the help of doctors, donors, and FedEx.

About a year ago, Brooklyn suffered from a failing liver. She was in and out of hospitals and required daily medication just to survive.

Despite the trials then, she's overcome the odds and spends her time these days laughing, running, letting her voice be heard, and playing.

It's all thanks to a life changing transplant surgery in Chicago courtesy of a flight from FedEx.

"Before the transplant, she was very, very small...very jaundice and very quiet," Brooklyn's mother Jesse Farris said.

Jesse and Nick Farris said her surgery was a success with no major complications, but the family struggled to get to the hospital in time.

"When we got the call that there was a donor available in Chicago, there was also a snow storm, so all the flights were canceled," Nick said.

That's when FedEx leaders swooped in to offer their plane for the ride.

"We got that call about 8 that night, and then by 8:30 we were on the plane and flying to Chicago," Nick said.

"It was amazing to experience what we witnessed. I felt like I saw the Lord move mountains for our child," Jesse said.

Brooklyn's parents said she will still require a lifetime of care.

"We've gone back and forth to Chicago for checkups a lot this year," Jesse said.

But they are taking it one step at a time and expect their active little girl to continue to soar.

The family especially wants to thank the Mid-South for their prayers and words of encouragement.

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