He has had a 4 year blind pupil who has had flu. The little girl, Jade DeLucia, didn't get the flu vaccine this year, and now her mum is sharing Jade's story to raise awareness, aiming to save a similar fate for other families.
Back on 19 December, Jade told her mom, Amanda Phillips, that she was not feeling well. In recent days, Jade had a low-grade fever, which was brought down to cure. Her mother accepted that there was only a "small bug – she will get her out," Phillips told CNN, adding, "There was no sign that would tell me that there was something wrong."
But on 24 December, Jade's father, Stephen DeLucia, found that his daughter was unwell in bed and had a high fever. The family left the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and Jade was seized shortly after their arrival. The doctors agreed that the little girl needed to be posted to the University of Iowa Stead Family Hospital.
"I don't think I wanted to see her again at that point," Phillips told CNN. "I didn't really think I wanted to see her."
Fortunately, Phillips and her husband saw their daughter again, but the prognosis was not good. Phillips was told that there was "significant brain damage" by Jade and that he was diagnosed with acute necrotizing encephalopathy – swelling of the brain caused by influenza virus, which could be heavy and, in many cases, fatal.
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However, Jade opposed the conflicts. After a day become irresponsible and get steroids to reduce the inflammation, Jade opened her eyes at the end of January 1, saying, “Hello and“ you're mess, ”said Facebook post on January 5 on Phillips page.
"She is lucky to be alive," said Theresa Czech, MD, with Jade neurologist at the University of Iowa, with CNN. "She's a little fighter. I think I'm lucky."
How can flu cause blindness?
Jade's condition continued to improve, but Phillips soon realized that her daughter could not see, although there was no damage to the eyes of 4 years of age.
“Influenza can cause inflammation of the brain,” Aaron Milstone, MD, associate hospital epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and professor of paediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Yahoo Lifestyle, says. “At any time the brain is drowned, the nerves can be damaged.”
With Jade, the flu triggered acute immune necrotizing encephalopathy. “Sometimes people have a genetic risk to this type of reaction, but this often happens at random,” tells Jade, Czech, Lifestyle neurologist. “Any part of the brain can be influenced. There is a high risk of death when this happens. People who recover any disabilities may have them. In the case of Jade, the inflammation made damage to its visual trails leading to blindness. ”
It is not known whether Jade will get her vision back. "In three to three months from now we will know," said the pediatric neurologist with CNN. “Whatever recovery she has for six months, she is likely to find it all.” T
Czech tells Yahoo about Lifestyle: “I hope she gets her vision back as the brain gets out of this illness. If she succeeds, it may take weeks to months and chances are her recovery will not be complete. ”
After nearly two weeks in hospital, Jade was released on January 9 (GoFundMe is by the family to help with their medical expenses). Phillips and her husband are happy that their daughter is alive and back home. “We are so blessed that she is still here with everything that may have happened,” wrote Phillips in a Facebook post on January. “We haven't lost the young girl.”
What parents need to know
Milstone tells Yahoo Lifestyle Jade difficulties are not from common flu. “Blinds are a very rare problem from influenza,” he says.
However, there are some signs that parents should be aware if the child develops flu.
“Parents should bring their child to the doctor if they develop flu symptoms such as high fever, cough and sore throat,” Milstone tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “If the flu gets worse or the child becomes dehydrated, they have difficulty breathing, it becomes very sleepy and it is difficult to wake up, or if the parents have other worries, they should take medical care. search.
Milstone says, “On rare occasions, the flu virus can be fatal, so parents should check with their child's doctor if they are worried about their child's signs.” T
In recent years the 2019-2020 influenza season – which is to be one of the worst of the United States. In mid-December, the CDC reported that six children died from influenza. But the most recent CDC statistics show that the number is climbing to 32 children.
“Children are very vulnerable because their immune systems are not fully developed,” said Randell Wexler, MD, a family medical doctor at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, with Yahoo Lifestyle. “In addition, children with asthma – as well as other chronic diseases – are more susceptible, and do not respond to viral insults as adults do. Children under five years of age are generally older, and those under one year old are particularly at risk. ”
Flu vaccines can make a significant contribution to reducing hospitals. According to the Disease Control and Prevention Centers, a 2014 study found that influenza vaccines reduced the risk of children being admitted to pediatric care units for life-threatening influenza by 74% during the 2010-2012 influenza season. In addition, flu vaccination reduces the risk of illness between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, according to the CDC.
“You can get flu even if you have the flu shot, but you are less likely to be in hospital or if you have severe difficulties like Jade,” Czech Yahoo says Lifestyle.
Phillips told CNN that Jade and her sister received flu shots in March 2019, but the mom thought it was effective for a full year. She also did not realize that viruses change every flu season so a new vaccine for the 2019-2020 season was needed. Phillips hopes to raise awareness of the importance of children getting flu vaccine every year.
"If I can't stop a single child getting sick, that's what I want to do," Phillips told CNN. "It's terrible for a child to suffer like this."
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