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St. Jude Patient gets new chance at life and hope for the future

Barrett Remy, St. Jude Patient (Family Photo) Barrett Remy, St. Jude Patient (Family Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

In 2013, Barrett Remy had the world by a string. Her father called her a vibrant 16-year-old. But something happened to the beautiful young lady who was active and talented.

"She was a dancer and had a hard time finishing the routines. There was some bruising on her ankle that wouldn't go away."

A trip to a doctor in Baton Rouge and tests on her blood signaled something the family was not prepared for. They say it was like a bad dream.

"They came to us and said St. Jude is an option for you. Looks like it's MDS - a precursor to leukemia, and only 100 kids in the country get it."

St. Jude was the perfect place for their daughter.

"They have experts. If we would have gone to another hospital, we may have had different results," he said.

The road for Barrett would include chemo, radiation and a bone marrow transplant.

"They said we just started a fertility program where young ladies can have their eggs harvested,"

The hospital arranged to have some of Barrett's eggs frozen for the future, so she could one day be a mother.

"I can't explain how much gratitude we have for that," her dad said.

A perfect bone marrow match was found for Barrett halfway around the world. A 23-year-old from Germany was on the donor list - a stranger the Remy family will probably never meet had surgery at a German hospital.

"A person was paid by St. Jude to escort the marrow from Germany to her hospital bed," Troy Remy said.

He said there were doctors, cab drivers and plane pilots, all doing their jobs for St. Jude and to save a little girl's life. The bone marrow transplant was a success, and now Barrett is a junior at Mt. Carmel. She takes no medicine and owes her life and her future to professionals at St. Jude. She can even look forward to the possibility of one day being a mother.

"I can't wait for that day. I'm dreading the wedding day, It's a little different for me than other folks. But, I can't wait for that day."

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