Last week Kori came home from school with flu like symptoms involving a sore throat, fever and swollen glands. As a couple days went by, her sore throat and fever got better but became more lethargic and started having chest pains. We brought her into the emergency room thursday and was severely dehydrated so fluids were given and a chest x-ray showed her lungs were clear. She also took another visit Friday because she wasn't getting better and fluids were given and her chest x-ray still showed her lungs were clear.
Around 4:30 am sunday, Kori's symptoms got even worse to where she couldn't breath or function. After taking her to the emergency room in Breck, her oxygen stats were extremely low to where they needed to insert a tube to help her breath and was life flighted to Essentia in Fargo. At this time, the chest x-ray had shown that her lungs were full of fluid. She was then taken into surgery immediately to be placed on a machine called an Ecmo which drains the blood from the vein,add the oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, warm the blood and then return the blood to the artery and pump the blood through the body. This machine allows Kori to rest, heal her lungs and get better. She is on lots of antibiotics. Throughout this process, Kori will be sedated for the next 4-5 days. The doctor tells us that this is something we need to take hour by hour. As of now, they are suspecting and treating her for Influenza A. Tonight, Kori has opened her eyes, waved at us and squeezed Haley's hand showing us that she knows we are all here.
We would like to thank all of you who have reached out via Facebook, instagram, phone calls, text messages and gifts we received. We will continue to keep you all posted on the updates we get. Please continue to keep Kori in your thoughts and prayers.