SUDBURY – Five-year-old Sophia Garabedian has been released from a Sudbury hospital after a month long hospitalization after she was diagnosed with EEE, known as Eastern equine encephalitis.
According to Mass Live, the young girl was admitted last month after contracting the mosquito-borne virus that has killed four people in Massachusetts and infected eleven people total in the United States.
Garabedian was brought to Boston Children’s Hospital on September 3 in critical condition with a high fever, flu-like symptoms, swelling of her brain and had reportedly suffered a possible seizure. She was officially diagnosed on September 6 with EEE.
“Over the past month, we have experienced one of the most difficult challenges of our lives. However, at the same time we have also felt the incredible love and support for Sophia and our family as we have gone through it,” the family shared.
After being treated at Children’s Hospital, Garabedian was brought to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
On Friday, she was officially released and has gone home where she will continue to work on regaining her mobility and certain cognitive functions like long-term memory.
During her hospitalization, friends and family of the Garabedian’s created a GoFungMe page to help raise funds for her medical costs. As of this past week, thee page had raised over $190k.
While the weather is getting cooler as fall as arrived, many towns and cities are still warning residents of the dangers of EEE, as reported by WCVB.
Halloween hours have been changed in Methuen with Trick or Treating slated to start earlier on October 31 as an added precaution against exposure to mosquitoes possibly carrying EEE.
“The 6:00 pm end time will ensure that activities can be finished before dusk to address any concerns about mosquito exposure,” said Mayor James Jajuga in a statement. “The City is acting out of an abundance of caution to ensure that children can enjoy Halloween safely.”
It is expected that several other communities will also change their traditional Halloween times as well with 35 communities still at risk for EEE.
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