FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. As 15-year-old Paulina Velasquez continues to receive treatment in the intensive care unit at Broward Health Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale, her doctors now say the girl’s prognosis is promising.
She has been connected to a ventilator and in a medically induced coma after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
“It’s very encouraging,” said Dr. Jennifer Davis. “Probably the first week of her treatment she was very, very ill, unstable, I would say, and now she is certainly in the recovery stage.”
For Velazquez’s family, the news was very encouraging to hear.
“That’s what they told me today and it makes us very happy and I’m excited to see her like just get up from bed and come over here and give me a hug and a kiss and I will love her more and more, ”said Orlando Velasquez, Paulina’s father.
For the past 10 days, the teenager has been receiving steroids, blood thinners and Remdesivir to combat the effects of COVID-19.
She had not yet had the opportunity to receive a vaccine shot, although family members told Local 10 News that the girl would always wear a mask in public and was generally very careful and safe with regard to coronavirus.
Doctors at the Broward Health Pediatric Wing said cases like Velasquez are popping up at a rate never seen before.
“Unfortunately, what is happening now, we have seen many sick pediatric patients, so I would like to say that it is unusual, but with this variant, I think it is not unusual,” said Dr. Davis.
Velasquez’s mother Aginieszska, who herself is fighting for a milder case of COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, has been held up by her daughter’s bed all the time, asking her to pull through.
“I have a strong feeling and I have such great faith that she will recover and get better every day,” said the girl’s mother.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family with the girl’s growing hospital bills. Click here to visit the page.
15-year-old in medically induced coma after testing positive for COVID-19
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