|Brooklyn Brumfield was 16 when she was given a grim prognosis.|
Within a year, her parents, McCullough Junior High School theater teacher Keith and his wife Bari, saw their daughter change before their eyes from their little girl who loved horseback riding to a child who was barely able to get out of bed.
Brooklyn was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects the body's connective tissue. Gravity would pull her hyper flexible joints out of place even when she lay still. She became so feeble that she was unable to even lift a pencil. And although Brooklyn stayed positive for herself and for her family, some days were trying.
"I forgot how it feels to walk," Bari recalled her daughter saying during her darkest hours.
Earlier this year, Bari had just one wish: That Brooklyn could walk again.
The Woodlands First Baptist Church, McCullough choir kids, The Woodlands High School improv troupe and French club, and others in The Woodlands community held fundraisers for the Brumfields earlier this year so Brooklyn could get the life-changing treatment she needed. Together, the community raised nearly $100,000 for her stem cell replacement therapy.
Now, she completed her second round of treatment in Cancun in November. Though slight, she now stands tall and firmly erect, again.
"You just talk about chills to see that drastic of a change," Nahhas said.
But Nahhas also said that it's important to come into treatment with realistic expectations and that everyone reacts differently to treatment.
They don't know what the treatment's recidivism rate is and whether Brooklyn's paralysis will return, but they're hopeful that Brooklyn is back for good.
Source: Houston Chronicle