Four-Year-Old May Lose Eyesight Due to Severe Case of Flu

Four-Year-Old May Lose Eyesight Due to Severe Case of Flu

Flu virus can affect the eyes and the nervous system.

A bout of the flu landed 4-year-old Iowa girl Jade DeLucia in the intensive care unit fighting for her life and her eyesight last month, Web MD reports.

Jade was flown to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with the flu on December 24.

CNN reported that Jade had been diagnosed with acute necrotizing encephalopathy, which is usually caused by a viral infection.

She returned home on January 9, but her vision has not returned.

Jade’s mother, Amanda Phillips, wrote on Jade’s Facebook page: “We’re doing one final test here soon to see if her brain will react to her eyes. If her brain does respond then there is hope for her eyesight returning. If it doesn’t then we’ll be taking home the bravest, strongest, kindest, blind girl I will every meet.”

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