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Children's Miracle Network: The Amiee Harris Story

This is six year-old Amiee Harris. She and her older brother, Zachary, like to play together.

Just like any six year-old,  she is thinking about her future.   "My mom asked me that. I wanted to be a doctor at first, but now, I want to be a cheerleader," said Amiee.

And why not? She already has experience.  Not on the field or on a court, but from a hospital bed at University Medical Center. She cheered her way through one of the toughest times of her life.

"Her nose would bleed. It was always on Sunday morning right before church. Her pillow would be drenched in blood," said Modesta Harris, Amiee's mother.

Amiee was four years-old when her mother took her to the doctor. They did blood work and seven hours later the doctors told Modesta to check Amiee at UMC's emergency room.

"They did the blood work twice. They said it was leukemia and we said no it's not no its not. I was scared. Because she was looking at me and said "mom it's OK. I just have the flu." We told her no," said Modesta.

"But first they thought it was leukemia. Then they ran some tests again, so probably 3 days later, she came back and said it was Aplastic anemia," said Don Harris, Amiee's father.

Aplastic anemia is a rare blood disorder commonly found in children. It is when the bone marrow does not produce enough red and white blood cells.  Amiee underwent chemotherapy, while she waited a year for a bone marrow transplant.

"When they found a donor. They said she really didn't need a donor because the meds were working. She was five then," said Don.

Amiee is doing well. Once every two months, she goes back for a check up. Compared to three times a week every week, that's an improvement.  Modesta and Don says it would not have been possible without Children's Miracle Network.

"They have so much equipment, the hospital has a lot of stuff. If they didn't have it, we would have to go to Dallas and that would have been hard," said Modesta.

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