When 1 year old Sparrow Morris, from Pineville, Mo., fell into the family’s swimming pool, she was left unconscious and without oxygen for 45 minutes, causing severe brain damage.
She was left in a vegetative state and couldn’t sit or speak.
A year later Sparrow who was the 5th of the Morris’ 8 children received a reinfusion of her own cord blood. She was the first in the family to have it stored and the results were astonishing.
Tonya shared her story with the Missouri Nurses Conference at the Lambert Marriott to speak out about how the stem cell clinical trial procedure at Duke University saved her daughter’s life.
She says the $3,000 she spent on storage was priceless.
Now this family can look forward to many years of happiness and joy with a feisty little girl who beat the odds.
Sparrow is set to start kindergarten this fall.