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A month after a mosquito chunk despatched 5-year-old Sophia Garabedian speeding to the hospital, she has lastly returned house to Sudbury, her household says.
Sophia, among the many dozen individuals in Massachusetts recognized with the uncommon Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus this yr, left Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Friday, Oct. 4, her household wrote in a letter posted on a GoFundMe marketing campaign created to assist her medical payments.
“Over the past month we have experienced one of the most difficult challenges of our lives,” the letter says. “However, at the same time we have also felt the incredible love and support for Sophia and our family as we have gone through it. Today we are so happy and thankful to share that through the timely and world class care at Boston Children’s Hospital and then Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital we have reached a major milestone that we had hoped for; to bring Sophia home.”
EEE, which spreads by means of contaminated mosquitos, is a probably deadly virus that carries signs corresponding to mind swelling, fever, and coma.
The virus has killed three individuals in Massachusetts this yr because the state battles its first outbreak since 2012.
Sophia entered Boston Children’s Hospital on Sept. three whereas experiencing a excessive fever and mind swelling earlier than she was recognized with EEE three days later.
Over the previous month, she has regained her urge for food, capacity to talk, and mobility, in keeping with updates posted on the GoFundMe marketing campaign web page.
The fundraising effort, supposed to assist the Garabedian household cowl out-of-pocket medical bills, has garnered over $190,000.
Sophia entered Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Sept. 20. She is slated to bear outpatient remedy 5 days per week now that she is house, in keeping with the marketing campaign web page.
“Sophia has been so courageous through this entire ordeal and made enormous progress from those terrifying first hours and days to waking up, breathing on her own, first words and steps and now at a point where she can go home,” her household wrote within the letter posted Friday. “While this is an important milestone we are thrilled to celebrate, she still has a long road ahead of care on an outpatient basis to keep improving her mobility and continue to work to recover her cognitive functions such as long-term memory. We have no doubt she will continue to amaze us.”
In the letter, the Garabedian household additionally expressed its gratitude for many who prayed, shared their ideas in messages, and donated to the fundraising marketing campaign.
The household requested for area and privateness as Sophia continues to get better.
“Sophia’s spirit and love have always brought joy to our family,” the letter says. “Through the support of the community, skill of her caregivers and strength of her spirit we still have our precious daughter and a bright future to look forward to together.”
Read the total letter:
Over the previous month we now have skilled one of the troublesome challenges of our lives. However, on the identical time we now have additionally felt the unimaginable love and assist for Sophia and our household as we now have gone by means of it. Today we’re so joyful and grateful to share that by means of the well timed and world class care at Boston Children’s Hospital after which Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital we now have reached a significant milestone that we had hoped for; to carry Sophia house.
Sophia has been so brave by means of this complete ordeal and made huge progress from these terrifying first hours and days to waking up, respiratory on her personal, first phrases and steps and now at some extent the place she will be able to go house. While this is a vital milestone we’re thrilled to have fun, she nonetheless has an extended highway forward of care on an outpatient foundation to maintain bettering her mobility and proceed to work to get better her cognitive features corresponding to long-term reminiscence. We have little doubt she is going to proceed to amaze us.
There aren’t any phrases that may adequately describe the depth of our household’s gratitude to those that have donated to assist Sophia or shared their prayers and heartfelt ideas by means of playing cards and messages. Every constructive thought has helped us to get to at the present time and can get us by means of as we proceed to work on her restoration.
At this time, we simply stay up for bringing Sophia house and starting to return to as regular lives as potential. Her story and restoration continues to be ongoing and our focus is there and can proceed be so. Respectfully, we do ask for area and privateness whereas we settle again to our lives over the following few months.
Sophia’s spirit and love have all the time introduced pleasure to our household. Through the assist of the neighborhood, ability of her caregivers and energy of her spirit we nonetheless have our treasured daughter and a brilliant future to stay up for collectively.
The Garabedian Family