Washington Girl Battling Staph Infection
A 13-year old girl in Washougal, Washington has been infected with the deadly Staph infection MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). She was admitted to the hospital just days before her 13th birthday.
Doctors and the family members are still clueless about how she got the infection. The family has been asked to pray, as the degree of the disease is very severe.
Ashley Marshall, a family friend, said that Deja was battling MRSA. She had full-blown sepsis. She had pneumonia in both her lungs.
Marshall said that she and her husband knew the family of Deja from a Church in New Horizons in Washougal.
Marshall went to the hospital to pray in the holidays. She seemed emotional while describing the details of the trauma the family had to face due to Deja’s infection.
As per the family two weeks ago Deja was like typical teen doing all her activities with vigor and energy. Then suddenly she told that she was not feeling well and taken to the hospital when declared by the doctors that she had a staph infection.
Dr. Paul Cieslak with the Oregon Health Authority said that the Staph was really a virulent bacteria.
As per him, anyone can get the infection irrespective of gender, age, and even immune system. He advised to consult a doctor whenever someone sees redness around a scrape over a couple of days and puss is coming out of it. It has higher chances of being staph aureus.
It is yet unclear how Deja got the infection. She had no major health issues before. All she had was a simple runny nose, headache or few symptoms of flu, but the family had never expected her to be in a coma.
The doctors at Randall Children’s Hospital had said that Deja could be in the state of coma for a couple of months more.
The symptom of the infection is a bump or infected area on the skin that might be red, swollen, painful, and warm to the touch and accompanied by a fever.