Parson Blue Herrington is a happy, healthy 3-year-old little girl, but this wasn't always the case.
"The whole time we were pregnant we prayed for two things, a happy and healthy baby,” said Parson’s mother Jennifer Herrington. “We got a happy baby, not a healthy baby."
"She was born with a very rare genetic mutation,” said Parson’s father Rodney Herrington.
After visits between her local pediatrician and specialists at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, the Herrington's were told Parson would need a lung transplant in order to survive, something no parent ever wants to hear.
"You're never prepared,” Jennifer said. “Especially when it involves your child, when you have to fight for each breath, for each decision you make. It’s amazing the toll it takes on you."
Parson received the donation and underwent the transplant in March 2013 and stayed 3 months in recovery. It was a long and difficult process that the Herrington's sais they couldn't have gotten through without the staff at Texas Children's.
"The staff at Texas Children's became like family,” Jennifer said. “I spent many days and many nights with nurses and doctors and the transplant team. They truly not only cared for my child put me as well."
"They took great care of Parson because she's still alive and took great care of Jennifer because she still has her sanity,” Rodney said.
Two and half years later, Parson is thriving.
"I always asked for a baby sister and it feels so good to still have her,” said Parson’s older sister Darby Herrington.
The Herrington's wanted to come up with a way to thank the hospital for all they did for their family, in a way that would also benefit their current patients.
"We all love books, especially Parson,” Jennifer said. “She always says ‘I wuv books’ so it was a no-brainer it would be a book drive."
The hospital has a mobile library where they give books to patients as a way to get their minds off of their ailments.
In fact, Parson used books as a way to begin her recovery, helping her stand and take her first steps.
The Herrington's set up an Amazon Prime Wish List where anyone can purchase the books they asked for where they will be delivered directly to their home. They also set up two donation centers in Jasper.
"I was naive to think that we would receive twenty to forty books and to date, we have over 2000 books to donate,” Jennifer said.
The Herrington's are grateful to the community that has always helped support Parson, is still supporting her by participating in the book drive.
"I'm very blessed and thankful to everyone donating the books,” Darby said.
To be able to give back to the hospital that gave their daughter a second chance means everything.
"It's so small of a return for what they've given to us,” Jennifer said.
The Herrington’s will be delivering the books to Texas Children’s Hospital the week of Christmas.