Named after a West Virginia teenager who won a fight against rare, flesh-eating bacteria at the age of 17 is “Miracle Child”We are proud of her victory.
Olivia Kiger–Camilo will receive an award at the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital gala in recognition of her spirit and determination.
When her foot started to hurt during a performance, the teen didn’t know what was going on.
“As a dancer, as an athlete, you kind of just brush it aside. I thought I maybe broke a toe. As the night went on and as we finally got back home, my pain just kept growing and growing,”According to the hospital, she stated that.
Later, her worried parents took her to the emergency department. Her foot was blackened and blue and her blood pressure had dropped. She also had a fever.
She was airlifted in March by the hospital’s transport team to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in Morgantown.
The patient was transferred to the intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator. Her rare case of monomicrobial, flesh-eating bacteria necrotizing fasciitis was diagnosed. Doctors estimate that there are approximately 2,000 cases per year.
She underwent multiple surgeries to remove the dying flesh and place skin grafts. She was able to return home in May with a leg brace, and she also received physical therapy.
Because she wants to attend the Naval Academy, she is running, walking, and lifting weights.
“The transport team saved my life and it saves my life every day,”She spoke.
Aug. 6 is a fundraising event to raise funds for hospitals’ transport and medivac teams.