Sophia Garabedian, the 5-year-old girl of Sudbury who has been diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus was rarely earlier this month, recovering, and getting rid of her desire and ability to speak, says a family friend.
“Sophia continues with slow and steady gains,” Debbie Moynihan wrote Sunday in a post on the GoFundMe page set up to support the Garabedian family. “She's meeting every day with neurologists and physical therapists and trying very hard. We are all so proud! ”
Garabedian, who is receiving treatment at Boston Children's Hospital from September 3, is one of eight in Massachusetts who has contracted the EEE virus contracted with mosquito this year among the first state outbreak since 2012.
The infection often stimulates potentially lethal, which extends through mosquitos usually found near hardwood wetlands, swelling of the brain, fever, and coma. There is no vaccine for EEE.
The GoFundMe campaign was created last week to help the Garabedian cover medical expenses. The initiative rose over $ 170,000 on Monday morning.
Garabedian, described as a “happy, loving little girl” who likes gymnastics and playing with her friends, contracted the virus after completing the first week of crèches, by page.
In an update sent to the fundraising page on 10 September, Moynihan, co-organizer of the effort, wrote that “Garabedian“ was in a fair state, officially, but he could not speak or walk yet and said “ . t = limited cognitive function; t ”
“Sophia is showing some signs of improvement,” says Kirstin Garabedian that day. “The doctors say the swelling in the brain is beginning to percolate. She is out of the sharp phase and entering the recovery phase. ”
From September 12, Sophia Garabedian was transferred from the intensive care unit and began to build physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
“She continues with signs of improvement,” she wrote. “In the morning she had pet therapy. We would like to thank everyone for their support, understanding and generosity. ”
On Sunday, Moynihan wrote that Garabedian wanted to reclaim her dreams and “she can even explore a few words.” T
These “Garabedians” are so grateful for the incredible love and support you have shown, ”she said.
According to Moynihan, the GoFundMe organizers chose to increase the fundraising target to $ 200,000 after learning more about potential long-term costs such as rehabilitation and accessibility modifications to the family home.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Friday the eighth case of human EEE from the state following the discovery of the virus in eastern Bristol County in its 50s.
Officials said that another wave of aerial spraying for mosquito control was slated to start Monday in parts of Hampshire counties, Hampden and Worcester.
“Although September, it's still a mosquito season,” Commissioner for Public Health Monica Bharel said in a Friday statement. “We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bite.”