JASPER, TX (KTRE) - For months, 17-month-old Parson Blue of Jasper has been fighting for her life in a Houston hospital. Parson has a rare genetic disease that does not allow her to breathe on her own. Her journey has been an inspiration for families all across East Texas. But now, the blue eyed sweetheart is finally home…with a new pair of lungs.
Parson's mom, Jennifer Herrington, has been quoting Shakespeare for months.
"Though she be but little, she is fierce," has become a staple for the Herrington family, who has been waiting anxiously for the day that Parson blue comes home.
And now that dream has come true.
"You know, it's unreal to us. We wake up and say 'she's got donor lungs,' because she had a hero—a donor, that's why she has life now," Herrington said.
"She'll just take a good, deep breath and a good, deep exhale and I can't believe that she can breathe so easily because all of her life it was a struggle," Rodney Herrington said. "Her lips turned blue, sweat, just everything—trouble to breathe, coughing. And just seeing her be able to take a good, deep breath and even talk, you know, having the breath to even talk—just not seeing her struggle. It's amazing."
Parson was born with a rare, genetic disorder called Filamin A, making it hard for her to breathe on her own. But last June, Parson was finally able to breathe on her own with her new lungs and on Saturday she came home.
"It was so surreal to see just another miracle in action. Because of Parson's donor, that's how we got our miracle. You know, we have an amazing hope. Our community has really embraced her and I think it's because people love a story about hope and she's living it every day," Jennifer said.
Parson's story has become an inspiration for people in Tyler all the way down to Houston.
"Parson got their heart, just like she's gotten ours. And that, to me, it was…they just took us in as family. And we feel like they are our family," Jennifer said.
Last week, one of Jennifer's former students died tragically at McCoy's Building Supply in Lufkin. She says Drake Floyd was an organ donor, and since his death, he has already saved three people's lives—a 70-year-old, a 35-year-old, and a one-year-old.
"You know, it's a way that you can give to someone that they can never repay you. It's true sacrifice; true selflessness that you are able to live on through someone else," Jennifer said.
Anyone can become an organ donor—except those with HIV, cancer, or systemic infection. There's no age limit. You can either sign up online at organdonor.gov or when you renew your driver's license.
"We don't know anything about her donor yet. We hope to learn later, and we hope to meet them. You know, meet the family. But that's all we know at this point—that we got lungs, which was her new chance," Jennifer said.
Parson has to take 11 different medications and will go back to the doctor in a month to make sure her body isn't rejecting the lungs, but so far, Jennifer says her progress has been fantastic.
To read about Parson's journey from day one, visit blueclark756.blogspot.com.