On August 8th, Hillary was admitted to the ER with symptoms of trouble breathing, sores throughout her mouth and throat, and struggling to heal from a recent mild bout of pneumonia.
Within 2 days, numbness in her legs ensued, her conditions worsened, she quickly fell unconscious, and Hillary was immediately moved to ICU. The doctors identified that Hillary had recently contracted a pretty common and benign disease called mycoplasma which led to her mild pneumonia. But her consequential symptoms were autoimmune-related, aggressive and acute, and Hillary was diagnosed with an extremely rare and mostly fatal autoimmune disease - AHLE (Acute Hemorrhagic Leukoencephalitis) characterized by a brief but intense attack that damages and causes inflammation to the brain and spinal cord.
By August 13th, after a full body MRI to assess damage to her nervous system, Hillary was given a 10% chance of survival, and had already begun aggressive treatments of immunoglobulin and plasma exchange. AHLE has a very poor prognosis, with most patients experiencing rapid deterioration and passing away within a few days to a week after onset.
But with rapid treatment and no doubt some divine intervention, Hillary has stabilized and is slowly showing hopes of recovery. She's fighting, and we're fighting with her. And with trust, patience, and much prayer, we're hoping that Hillary would become a walking miracle among us!
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