Moorhead’s ‘Miracle Girl’ Graduates: Doctors said Jakesia Parson has a one in a million chance of surviving after a 2008 house fire damaged her lungs, kidneys and liver, but she proudly walked through the storm. scene last friday night to accept his diploma
She was called “the miracle girl of Moorhead”.
In 2008, it was more than a fitting title for then 6-year-old Jakesia Parson, who spent five months in an induced coma after surviving the Moorhead house fire that claimed her life. father, Jesse Parson.
Despite doctors’ dire predictions at the time, Jakesia would eventually be released from Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama on her own, and last Friday night she walked through the Gentry High School stage as a graduate of the secondary.
Jakesia, who still lives in Moorhead with her mother, Tisha McCoy, doesn’t remember much about the fire that night in January 2008, but it is still on her mother’s mind after all these years.
“When they took her out of the house I thought she was dead because she had foam in her mouth,” Tisha told The ET last week.
Tisha’s brother, Lataurus, was the one who got Jakesia out of the house.
According to reports at the time, Jesse Parson was unaware that she had been taken out a window and he returned to the burning house to rescue her. He didn’t come out.
“I don’t remember anything,” Jakesia said last week. “I just woke up asking for my daddy.”
A neighbor came to help and would eventually perform CPR and transport Jakesia to the South Sunflower County Hospital.
“He said, ‘We have to do something to keep her from being in shock’, so we just sang Dora to the hospital, because she loved Dora (the explorer),” Tisha said.
Tisha credits SSCH staff with stabilizing Jakesia so she can be helicoptered to Birmingham.
Over the next few months, Jakesia’s condition did not improve.
She had severe lung damage from the smoke and flames.
His blood pressure was not holding, and his liver and kidneys began to fail.
Alabama doctors and nurses have started to prepare Tisha for the worst.
Never giving up on her faith, Tisha remained optimistic, but things didn’t start to change until a doctor made a suggestion that wasn’t exactly her medical expertise.
“She said, ‘Would you like to be baptized?’ Tisha remembers.
She jumped at the chance.
“The pastor came over there,” she said. “I called my whole family and they came, and I had him baptized. It was so funny after that, I was there for two more days, but I had other kids at home, so I came home to see the other kids. I go home and get a phone call.
It was one of Jakesia’s nurses.
“’He said,’ I have someone who wants to talk to you, ‘she said. “I said, ‘Now who wants to talk to me? He put her on the phone and she whispered, and she said, “Mom. I dropped everything. I grabbed my mom and said, ‘Let’s go. My baby is awake.
Over the next few weeks, Jakesia’s condition improved to the point that her blood pressure stabilized, her kidney and liver function returned to normal, and she was told she would not need feeding tube that doctors feared he would have to go through after he returned home.
And when is the time to be discharged from the hospital?
“We got out of there together,” Tisha said.
Jakesia’s life was forever changed by that January night.
In addition to having to relearn how to walk and talk, she has had to live most of her life without her hero, her father.
“It was difficult. The hardest thing I have ever heard,” she said of learning at the hospital that her father had passed away. “It’s still a little difficult for me today, in some situations I need him the most, and he’s not here.
The fire changed Jakesia in another major way.
“From fifth grade my plan has been to be in the nursing or doctor fields,” she said.
Jakesia plans to attend Mississippi Delta Community College and major in nursing. She then plans to attend university and pursue her master’s and possibly her doctorate in medicine.
“I want to help people,” she says. “This is what I intend to help people with. The same way my dad and my doctors did for me, I want to do the same for someone else.