Memphis family makes it through snowstorm for toddler’s transplant in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- About a year ago, Jesse and Nick Faris adopted Brooklyn, a baby from China, who had a rare liver disease called Alagille syndrome.

"They had basically said she would die from this liver disease," said Jesse, Brooklyn's mom. "They had given her a 50 percent chance of living 4-6 months."

Brooklyn beat those odds, waiting for a new liver, on a transplant list at Lurie Children's Hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Farises got the news they had been so anxiously waiting for.

"I answered a phone call it was someone from Lurie telling us a liver was available and they were having a blizzard and would we be willing to try and get here," Jesse said.

Jesse and her husband started looking for flights, but couldn't get out of Memphis. Until a friend reached out to FedEx, the company with corporate headquarters in their hometown.

"They called him back and said tell them to be at the airport in 30 minutes," Nick Faris said.

The family landed safely at Midway Wednesday night and made it to Lurie just in time for the transplant.

The operation took eight hours, the donor liver split in two pieces.
The larger piece went to an adult patient at Northwestern, the smaller portion to Brooklyn, and now, doctors say, her prognosis is good.

Jesse and Nick are looking forward to going home, and making memories with their little girl.