SKIATOOK, Okla. – While many families will be home for the holidays, Donny Garrison isn’t sure what Christmas will hold for his wife and daughter.
“It’s different without them because they’re always here when I’m home,” Garrison told KJRH.
Recently, Garrison’s 18-month-old daughter, Mackenzie, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow failure.
Now, his wife and Mackenzie are in Boston for her treatments.
“She struggled through two weeks of chemo, the bone marrow transplant and now her medications make her off and not who she’s supposed to be,” Lacey Garrison, Mackenzie’ mother, said.
Initially, the family was planning on spending Christmas at the hospital in Boston. However, they just learned that Mackenzie will be discharged in time for Christmas, but there is a catch.
She has to be in isolation at all times because a simple cold could kill her.
“So basically it’s going to take a private jet to get us home,” Lacey Garrison said.
The family worries that a 25 hour drive in the car with Mackenzie and her medications could simply put her at an even greater risk.
“I want her to know what Christmas can be like if this is her last Christmas. She might not be here next year so I want her to enjoy it,” Donny Garrison said.