Local Teen with Serious Illness Shows Improvement

Zay Zay Clemons in 2014

Meridian, Miss. Two years ago, Newscenter 11 told the story of Zay Zay Clemons, a teenager battling life-threatening illnesses.

At that time, the then 15-year-old Zay Zay was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her mother said doctors had given the teen about six months to live.

Zay Zay was confined to bed or a wheelchair at the time because of mitochondrial disease, myopathy and a brain tumor.

But now Zay Zay is able to move around and is doing much better. Her family wanted to share the good news with the community.

"She was confined to a wheelchair. Since then, she can walk with a walker or us holding her hand," said Zay Zay's mother, Cassandria Clemons. "God just did a turnaround, a miracle performed."

Zay Zay is now 17. Her parents say she's still classified as terminally ill, but they have high hopes because of her improvement. Zay Zay was even able to go to prom last year.

Zay Zay Clemons in 2012
Zay Zay Clemons in 2014
Zay Zay Clemons (center)