FedEx flies 2-year-old liver transplant patient in bad weather

Jesse and Nicholas Farris from Memphis, Tennessee had waited for their adopted two-year-old daughter Brooklyn—a liver transplant that could save her life.

However, there was one big problem—the operation had to be done in Chicago. Worse, a blizzard got all flights cancelled.

Brooklyn was suffering from Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents the liver from disposing waste.

Memphis couple Jesse and Nicholas Faris with their adopted daughter, 2-year-old Brooklyn ( Image Credit Kickerdaily)

After a year of waiting for a donor, the Farris couple received a call from Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, informing them that they have found a liver donor for Brooklyn. However, more than 700 flights, including those bound for Chicago, were grounded due to severe snowstorm. Their best chance of flying out would be either at 1:00p.m. the next day or a chartered flight that cost $10,000.

Jesse and Nicholas Faris with their adopted daughter, 2-year-old Brooklyn (Credit: Chicago Tribune)
The adopted daughter, 2-year-old Brooklyn (Image: Chicago Tribune)

Courier service FedEx found the couple’s plea on social media and immediately contacted them, offering Brooklyn a free ride to Chicago. When the couple arrived in the airport 15 minutes later, there was a corporate jet waiting for them.

The plane landed in Chicago at 10:00p.m. that day, with plenty of time to spare before Brooklyn’s operation at 10:00a.m. the next day.

The Chief of Transplant Surgery in the hospital gave Brooklyn a positive prognosis.

The Farris couple couldn’t be any more thankful for FedEx for saving their daughter’s life in the nick of time.


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