Girl with rare terminal disease surprised at Van Alstyne homecoming

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) -- It's been 104 days and counting. Nine-year-old Brylie Krapf-Flynn is finally home in Van Alstyne after spending months in Dallas hospitals.

"She's the light of the room," said cousin Madeline Ramos. "Every time she laughs, smiles, it makes us warm."

Brylie is fighting a rare terminal mitochondrial disease known as M.E.L.A.S.

Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (M.E.L.A.S.) is a condition that affects many of the body's systems, particularly the brain, nervous system and muscles.

She was hospitalized in August after suffering a massive stroke. Recently, doctors informed her she could go home.

On Tuesday, her family and friends surprised her and her mother Brandi with a homecoming celebration debuting their newly remodeled home.

"It was like I was bringing my newborn baby home for the first time," said mother Brandi Flynn, "Only it was nine years later."

While they've been away, the family and community have been hard at work, installing a wheelchair ramp, a new bed, and all new paint and flooring.

"We get to be comfortable at home and not in a hospital bed," Brandi Flynn said.

The Van Alstyne Fire Department also made a surprise visit to say hello to Brylie.

"Today proved blessings come back to you tenfold," Flynn said.

Flynn said this day was a gift.

"I've been asked what do you want for Christmas," she said. "I just got my Christmas present today because my baby came home."

They're home, together at last.

"When she smiles, I want that smile every day," said Brylie's sister Bailey Krapf-Flynn.

"She is my brave, resilient, young, loving, indestructible, enduring little girl," Brylie's mom said.

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