MAQUOKETA, Iowa (KWQC) — An 18-month-old Maquoketa is recovering from an E. coli infection at a hospital in Iowa City.
Jackson County Health Department is Follow up cases across the country and working with the Iowa Department of Public Health to investigate. Many children are hospitalized for infections.
Briella, 18 months old, spent weeks in the hospital after becoming ill.
“We didn’t know what was going to happen and we just did it day after day,” said her mother, Maggie Ward.
It started when Maggie picked up her daughter from the nursery about three weeks ago. She was told that Briella was not eating and had diarrhea. which happened all night
“So I took her to our local emergency room that morning. Basically, they said it was a virus. It will go its way,” Maggie said.
Then they brought Briella home, where she spent most of her sleep.
“All day long, I think she probably slept for 40 minutes,”; said Briella’s father Caleb Davis.
when she wakes up Diarrhea continues. Her parents then took her to another hospital in Dubuque, where more tests were conducted. but no improvement
“They moved us here at the University of Iowa,” Maggie said.
Maggie said doctors almost immediately learned that Briella had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome from E. coli, which is a form of kidney failure
“She hung up the catheter that Wednesday. And she started dialysis that Wednesday night,” she said.
After a long day and night, Briella has begun to recover, and doctors now hope she will return home on Thursday for her big brother’s birthday.
“We hope to surprise him. He misses his sister very much. That would be a great birthday present for him,” Maggie said.
“He loves her. He’s a great big brother to her,” Caleb said. “Everyone who prays and all the positive thoughts can definitely help both of us.
TV6 has been in contact with state health authorities several times over the past few days. but did not receive a reply The cause of E. coli infection has not been confirmed.
Health officials advise anyone who feels unwell at work or school to stay home for one to two days after symptoms have ended.
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