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Arizona Girl Fights for Life: Seven-Year-Old Battles Rare Infection, Faces Life-Threatening Ordeal

Seven-year-old Victoria Pasten-Morales | Credits: Daily Mail

United States: A rare case has come to light as a seven-year-old girl is fighting for her life on a ventilator. The girl is from Arizona, and her three (3) limbs were amputated to save her life, as per the reports.  

The girl is named Victoria Pasten-Morales, who fell ill with some basic symptoms like a fever and pain, along with symptoms. But, according to the details shared by the health experts, her condition became serious and severe in just a few hours.

She was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and has been seeking treatment and medical attention for the last two weeks in the intensive care unit. As per the medical practitioners, during this time, she has undergone eight (8) surgeries and is now recovering with the support of her parents and three siblings, according to the reports by Daily Mail.

According to the doctors, Victoria was dealing with a bacterial infection – group A streptococcus, which causes sepsis, which is often known as blood poisoning. 

In addition to the grievous loss of her limbs, the bacterium has now impacted her kidneys and lungs, necessitating her reliance on a ventilator for respiration.

The young girl remains confined to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but remains conscious and capable of conversing with medical professionals and her kin. The origins of the infection remain undisclosed.

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“The sequence of events transpired with remarkable celerity. The circumstances unfolded rapidly, transpiring within a span of fewer than 12 hours,” conveyed Obdulia Morales to Fox 10.

“Her extremities began manifesting cyanosis,” recounted Obdulia. “Even the medical practitioners are unable to ascertain the source of this bacterial affliction.”

“Regrettably, surgical intervention was indispensable, necessitating the amputation of both lower limbs and her dominant hand. Her non-dominant hand is presently convalescing,” appended Victor Pasten. “Afflictions manifest unexpectedly. From dawn till dusk, the fabric of existence can metamorphose in an instant,” according to DailyMail.

The family acknowledges that their existence has irrevocably altered and has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to alleviate the burden of medical expenses.

‘Her journey ahead will be arduous. Nonetheless, she possesses resilience. She is a paragon of fortitude,’ affirmed Obdulia.

Despite the harrowing ordeal of the preceding fortnight, Victoria’s countenance still illuminates upon the arrival of her kin, and she retains the capacity to tender gestures of affection.

Sepsis constitutes a medical exigency often characterized as a ‘covert malefactor.’ It ensues from the organism’s hyperbolic response to an infection.

Sepsis transpires when chemical mediators released into the bloodstream precipitate an aberrant immunological cascade.

Rather than directing leukocytes toward combating foreign intruders, the immune system targets indigenous tissues and organs.

Infections precipitating sepsis typically originate in the pulmonary, urinary, cutaneous, or gastrointestinal realms, although nearly any infection can culminate in sepsis, including seemingly trivial abrasions.

Termed necrotizing fasciitis, colloquially as the ‘flesh-consuming malady,’ it represents a profound, rapidly disseminating malady claiming the lives of one-fifth of afflicted individuals, per CDC statistics. Group A streptococci constitute its most prevalent etiological agent.

Symptoms include a swiftly expanding erythematous or febrile locus on the integument, accompanied by excruciating discomfort and pyrexia. As necrotizing fasciitis propagates, it engenders ulceration or vesiculation of the cutaneous mantle, alterations in pigmentation, exudation, vertigo, lethargy, gastrointestinal disturbances, and emesis.

The CDC appraises the annual incidence in the United States to range between 700 and 1,150 cases.

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The clinical presentation of sepsis closely mimics influenza, rendering early detection exceedingly challenging.

Albeit lacking a solitary diagnostic assay for sepsis, clinicians scrutinize for indicators of infection through hemogrammatic analyses.

Sepsis can precipitate septic shock, typified by a precipitous decline in arterial pressure.

Clinical indicators of septic shock, as delineated by the Mayo Clinic, encompass orthostatic intolerance, profound asthenia or somnolence, and a marked shift in cognitive acuity.

The CDC advocates for immediate medical intervention upon detection of sepsis symptoms. Absent prompt intervention, sepsis, and septic shock culminate lethally.

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