On February 28th, Lorelei went into cardiac arrest from influenza on her way to the ER in La Crosse. The medical team was able to stabilize her and she was airlifted to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester where she was put on ECMO, respiratory life support, and dialysis. Her heart and lungs have made miraculous recoveries and her kidneys continue to heal. During the arrest, Lorelei sustained a severe, widespread brain injury. The future is unknown for Lorelei, but the doctors are predicting that she will be diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
Her parents have been told that she will not be able to walk, talk, see or eat and will be minimally responsive. Lorelei continues to make progress towards overcoming that prognosis every day. She is rolling over, making sounds, and smiling. Her vision is showing improvement and she loves to listen to her brother and sisters. Lorelei will continue to work with a team of doctors in Rochester. She receives physical and occupational therapy weekly here at home and will begin traveling to Cedar Falls monthly for three days of intensive therapy.
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