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Girl nearly dies after influenza (also had 'particularly virulent and aggressive form of strep')

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    A 6-year-old girl who nearly died after testing positive for influenza and strep was expected to make a full recovery, her doctors said Tuesday from the Miami hospital where she was being treated.

    Victoria Bermudez was diagnosed in February. After being rushed to the emergency room, she went into cardiac arrest three times and her body went into septic shock, impacting her organs.

    She was then taken to Holtz Children's Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. There she received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, in which a machine takes over the work of the lungs and the heart to allow those organs time to rest and recover.

    "This was a particularly virulent and aggressive form of strep," said Dr. Barry Gelman, a pediatric critical care physician. "She was as close to dying as a little girl can be."

    Last edited by Emily; April 30th, 2014, 11:55 PM. Reason: Added strep to title

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    Re: Girl nearly dies after influenza diagnosis
    Posted on Tuesday, 04.29.14

    UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital
    A remarkable recovery for Miami kindergartner near death from flu and strep

    One day, Victoria Bermudez was a healthy, ballet-loving kindergartner. The next, a mild fever devolved into a case of influenza and strep that put the 6-year-old into cardiac arrest...

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