Girl who inspired Hallie's Heroes set for bone marrow transplant surgery
FORT WORTH, Texas - UPDATE: Hallie's Heroes say the transplant surgery has been moved to Friday so that doctors can have more time to prepare the donation.
A little girl who helped others even as she fought her own health battle is having a big day. She’ll get a new chance at life.
After years of searching for a bone marrow donor, Hallie Barnard is finally scheduled to have her transplant surgery on Thursday.
The 10-year-old is so excited she couldn’t help busting a move. She danced in her zombie nurse Halloween costume for a video on her Hallie’s Heroes Facebook page.
She said her blood levels are high and looking better than ever. She also said she’s feeling scared but in a good way.
If she feels this good after the surgery, she said she’ll run around the track at her school… twice.
Last week Hallie got an escort from first responders to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Before the transplant could happen, she had to undergo pre-surgery chemotherapy.
Hallie was diagnosed with a rare blood disease when she was just a year old.
Her family started the Hallie’s Heroes group to try and find a bone marrow match. Hallie teamed up with local law enforcement agencies and the group blossomed into a massive effort to support the bone marrow registry.
Hallie’s Heroes have found donors for dozens of other patients over the years. They finally found a match for her a few months ago.
To get updates on how she’s doing as she goes through the transplant process, visit https://www.facebook.com/TeamHallieBea/.