1 of 500: A Benefit For Brylie

Brylie Helling is 1 of 500 people in the world who is diagnosed with a dead spleen

For two Mt. Vernon parents, it started as a trip to the hospital.

Their 23-month old daughter had a stomach ache and was throwing up.

A day later, they found out she had a “floating spleen.”

The father said the spleen was unattached and the main artery twisted causing a complete splenic infarct.

Which means the daughter is now 1 out of 500 people in the world diagnosed with a dead spleen. 

“She is super fun right now, this age is fun age,” says Brylie’s Aunt Sarah Helling. “I actually got to see her on Sunday and we were laughing and playing. She doesn’t look sick.” 

Brylie Helling, a happy go lucky girl,  is now facing an extremely rare diagnosis.

Last week, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota discovered that Brylie’s spleen is not functioning. 

“While people live without a spleen, she is just going to be 2,” says Sarah. “She’s going to be 2 on Feb. 5, so her immune system hasn’t had time to build up yet.” 

The spleen helps form part of the immune system, so without it, Brylie’s aunt, Sarah, says she has to take two kinds of medication a day. She also needs in home health care. 

“It’s a lot to process right away,” says Sarah.

To help, the owner of Hollywood Style, the salon where Sarah works, is holding a fundraiser to support the family. 

“It’s a big deal when it hits close to home; you really feel the impact of it,” says Trish Bates. 

Next Tuesday, all the stylists will be donating the tips they receive to Brylie, who makes frequent visits to the salon. 

“The things that they are going to have to go through, you can’t imagine doing it yourself, so you want to help in any way you can,” says Bates. 

Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway had the same idea, offering to sign memorabilia that will be auctioned off at the event. 

“It’s nice to know that so many people are on her side,” says Sarah.

The benefit at Hollywood Style in Mitchell runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Those who don’t need a haircut, but still want to donate, can stop by or call in.

There is also a GoFundMe and a CaringBridge page set up under her name.