Family, friends celebrate liver transplant for 2-year-old Memphis girl

The Commercial Appeal | Jacinthia Jones

Nicholas and Jesse Faris with their daughter

The 2-year-old whisked away to Chicago by FedEx plane for a transplant surgery Thursday is recovering.

"Brooklyn is out of surgery and it was very successful!" according to an update posted Friday on the Children's Organ Transplant Association's website.

Brooklyn Faris has Alagille Syndrome, which prevents the liver from properly eliminating wastes from the bloodstream. A liver became available for her Wednesday afternoon, but a snow storm canceled flights to Chicago. If she couldn't make it to Chicago by Thursday morning, doctors told the family, they'd have to give the liver to someone else.

FedEx stepped in and flew the family to Chicago on one of its smaller, non-cargo jets. The family arrived in town shortly after 9 that night and in time for the surgery Thursday. Continue reading