A few medical thorns in baby Zinnia's life

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) --

She's only one year old (18 months actually) and probably been to the doctor more than most kids her age.

Zinnia Hammond has a rare bone marrow disease, known as TEC.

Her father Jack Ryan says, "We had a bone marrow test and a spinal tap and several MRI's, cat scans, bone scans."

Not to mention four blood transfusions.

Her mother, Bonnie Hammond says it started on December 2nd of last year, "After she had gone completely limp and cried uncontrollably for five hours, we rushed her to Children's Hospital thinking it was or minor a reaction to a shot or something simple."

Jack says, "She was so anemic, they were giving her 24-48 hours had we not reacted when we did."

Zinnia was diagnosed with a bone marrow disease referred to as
T-E-C.

And after more tests they found something else.

Her father says, "It's a sac filled cyst at her brain column and spinal column base of her neck. Most doctors are saying leave this alone, let's see what happens. There is a really good chance she can live with this condition the rest of your life."

It's a chance they are willing to take considering she's already making big strides.

They says she wasn't walking beforehand, and now she is.

But like any concerned parent. All eyes will be following this little girl as she goes through and grows through her adolescent years.
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The Cotton Eyed Joe is hosting a concert Wednesday night, March 23rd 9pm, to raise awareness and funds for TEC.

The Eli Young Band and Thompson Square are playing.

A $5 donation is appreciated.


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  • by Jeremy Location: Nashville, TN on Apr 11, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    What an adorable and sweet little girl. She is in our thoughts and prayers... God has a plan for her!
  • by Dan Location: Forsyth, Georgia on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    Great piece on a very special young lady. I hope and pray the awareness campaign helps and that a cure is found for her condition very soon. Thanks!
  • by jack on Mar 22, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    Thanks Michele and Herb for doing this story and helping to raise awareness about this disorder!

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