Girl dies 6 years after being left paralysed by high fever

Lianhe Wanbao

A 11-year-old girl died from breathing difficulties on Thursday (July 14), six years after a bout of high fever left her bedridden.

When she was five years old, the girl developed a fever that did not subside after seeing a doctor and taking medication, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.

A few days after she fell sick, her mother noticed that she had become too weak to lift her arms. The girl was later found unresponsive on the bed.

She was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital where doctors said her fever had triggered seizures that caused her to become paralysed.

The child fought for her life in the intensive care unit for eight months. Although doctors asked her parents to consider taking her off life support, they took her home and cared for her over the next six years.

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In an interview with Lianhe Wanbao, the girl's mother said that her daughter had a strong willpower and overcame many challenges.

She elaborated: "The doctors told us that she might never open her eyes or lift up her arms again, but she managed to do so."

The girl was unable to speak and needed help with bathing and eating. She blinked her eyes to communicate with her family.

Her condition took a sharp turn for the worse on July 14 when her parents were returning from a trip to Bangkok to pray for her health.

They did not get the chance to say their last goodbyes as she died on the way to the hospital.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the family spent over $300,000 on the girl's medical expenses. Her mother had quit her job to take care of her bedridden child's daily needs.

Also see: When a kid has fever

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