FEDEX Ships Girl Through Blizzard For Transplant
The FEDEX company’s ads use the slogan “When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.”
Wednesday they more than lived up to it.
2 year old Brooklyn Faris was in need of a liver transplant. She had been waiting for almost half her life to receive one. She suffers from a genetic disorder that can affect the liver, heart and other parts of the body. It is called Alagille syndrome. Her parents knew she had the disorder when they adopted her, but did not let it deter them.
When her family got the call that there was a liver available, they immediately tried to make travel arrangements, A plane trip was needed to get Brooklyn from their home in Memphis to Chicago. Doctors where waiting there to perform the surgery.
There was, however, a major issue. All flights were grounded do to a blizzard.
Family and friends gathered to pray outside the home. Then, that evening, FEDEX got wind of the situation.
It just so happens that the company is based out of Memphis. Executives contacted the Faris family and offered to fly them to Chicago in their corporate jet.
Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president of integrated marketing and communications at FedEx released a statement.
“When we learned of the extraordinary circumstances and extreme urgency of the situation with Brooklyn, we knew we had to do something. Thankfully, we had the network and resources available to make it happen for this family in our hometown of Memphis. The entire FedEx family is pulling for a quick and full recovery for Brooklyn.”
The family made it the airport in record time and were flown to Chicago on schedule for the surgery.
Dr. Ricardo Superina at Lurie Children’s Hospital performed the 7 hour procedure. Officials at the hospital said the surgery went well.
Brooklyn’s small size meant she only needed about 1/4 of the donor liver. The rest went to help save another patient at Northwestern Hospital nearby.
“We love that FedEx stepped up and helped us,” Jessie Faris, Brooklyn’s mother, told reporters. “What a generous gift that came at just the right time.”
Those who were praying outside the family’s home will likely tell you that the one company which could help being based out of and, therefore, having their corporate jet in, the exact same city as the family was not just luck.
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan