Sophia Garabedian, a 5-year-old Sudbury girl who was hospitalized last month for eastern equine encephalitis, returns home after being discharged from Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, her family said. and made tremendous progress from those horrific first hours and days to waking up, breathing on her own, first words and steps, and now to the point where she can go home, "the statement said."
The statement continued: "While this is an important milestone, we are pleased to note that it still has a long way to go on an outpatient basis to continue to improve its mobility and to continue to rebuild its cognitive functions, such as long ̵
Garabedyan went home from Boston Children's Ambulance Hospital on September 3 after suffering from" flu symptoms, headaches, and convulsions, "according to online fundraiser GoFundMe. created for her family. Garabedyan had a high fever, brain swelling and "did not respond quickly," the publication said.
Tests came back positive for EEE, a mosquito-borne disease that is rare but can be fatal. EEE can cause brain inflammation, and those who recover from it often live with severe and devastating neurological complications.
Garabedyan left the intensive care unit at a children's hospital later in September, according to her GoFundMe page.
In a statement on Friday, her family said, "At this time, we just hope to return Sofia home and start returning to the fastest possible life. Her history and recovery is still ongoing, and we are focusing on that and will continue to do so." .
Three people died from EEE irradiation this year in Massachusetts, according to the State Department of Health. This year, the state had 12 human cases.
As of Tuesday, more than 30 communities in the state. Massachusetts is at critical risk for EEE virus Critical risk prompts the state to encourage the cancellation or postponement of outdoor activities as organized sports to avoid peak hours of dusk from dusk to dawn. on Twitter @Danny__McDonald .