Waterloo four-year-old loses sight, almost dies from flu

The mother of a 4-year-old girl is urging parents to get their children vaccinated after her daughter lost her vision and almost died after getting sick with the flu last month.

"If I can stop one child from getting sick, that's what I want to do", Amanda Phillips told WHO-TV 13. "It's awful to see your child suffer like this".

"She is lucky to be alive", said one of her doctors, Dr. Theresa Czech.

The family believes little Jade will gain her vision soon.

"I looked down at her and her eyes were in the back of her head", Phillips recalled to NBC News.

Jade DeLucia, of Waterloo, began showing signs of illness in the days before Christmas, but her mother, Amanda Phillips, says her daughter's low-grade fever was kept in check with medication.

Jade is now wide awake and neatly, however she misplaced her imaginative and prescient, and medical doctors are ensured whether or not she's going to achieve it again. Her symptoms progressed until the morning of Christmas Eve, when her dad Stephen DeLucia went to check on her and found her in bed unresponsive, with her body burning hot, the outlet reported.

Every year, dozens of children die from the flu, and majority had not received a flu shot, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thousands more children are hospitalized. On December 31, she told Jade's parents her specific diagnosis: acute necrotizing encephalopathy, or ANE, a type of encephalopathy usually caused by a viral infection.

However, Jade became unresponsive on Christmas Eve and her parents rushed her to the hospital. "No hope of her ever coming back to us", her mother wrote on Facebook that day. Phillips says that she thought the recording was good for an entire year.

"It affected the part of her brain that perceives sight, and we don't know if she's going to get her vision back", said Czech, Jade's neurologist. "We'll know in about three to six months. Whatever she recovered after six months is probably all she'll get".

Jade might also have cognitive or developmental problems, such as learning disabilities, Czech added. She didn't know she had to get the girls vaccinated again for the new 2019-2020 flu season.

Since the flu virus changes year to year, the vaccine also changes.

This year the flu was particularly hard for children. This is because the predominant virus was influenza B, which affects children more than adults. So far, 32 children have died of flu in the USA this season, 21 from the influenza B virus.

It's true that the flu vaccine is only about 40-60% effective at preventing the flu, according to the CDC.

What parents need to know is that a vaccine is very effective in preventing children from getting the flu so that there are life-threatening complications like Jade did.

A 2014 study showed that flu vaccine reduced a child's risk of being admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit by 74%. A 2017 study showed that, according to the CDC, the vaccine also significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from the flu.

"I'm less interested in whether the vaccine prevents all cases of runny noses and feeling cruddy and having to stay home from school because of the flu", Ratner said. "Any preventive measure that you could take, take it".

Back in Iowa, Phillips and DeLucia return to normal with jade. In step with resources, Jade's folks left their paintings to deal with their daughter, deal with a time that shouldn't have took place.

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