SUDBURY – One of the hot button topics in New England recently has been the spread of the EEE (eastern equine encephalitis) virus that has infected eight people throughout the New England region, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Seven of these people have been infected in Massachusetts and one was reported to be in Rhode Island just yesterday.
191 towns in Massachusetts are currently at some level of risk for the mosquito borne virus that can be dangerous and, in about one-third of cases, fatal. Many have been warned to layer on the bug spray and avoid traversing outside in certain areas and at certain times of day.
One such resident of Massachusetts who has the EEE virus currently is a five-year-old girl named Sophia Garabedian, of Sudbury, and she contracted the virus that has her in critical condition at the moment.
A GoFundMe was set up for the parents, Kirstin and David Garabedian, with a message that read, "Let's remove the financial worry from these amazing parents and let them continue to do what they are doing — being by Sophia's bedside 24X7 helping her to heal and recover."
In just a few days, the GoFundMe page has already eclipsed $125,000 and it was definitely amazing to see an entire community rally around Sophia in that way.
Of course, it should also be mentioned that while story is heartwarming and inspiring, it should not have to be. With a GoFundMe page established by a woman named Debbie Moynihan, the goal of the fundraiser was to garner $200,000 for the family and the medical bills they incurred.
That is an outrageously steep cost that could keep a family in debt for life if they did not have the necessary resources to help curb it. Obviously, the health of Sophia is the most important thing, but that sum is outrageous. It shouldn't be this way. It should not cost a fortune to save the life of anyone, let alone a child. We shouldn't need GoFundMe to pay for that sort of thing. We should be able to rest, knowing our loved ones will get the care they need.
I will definitely be keeping Sophia Garabedian in my thoughts.
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