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Alyssa Alcaraz Died After Allegedly Being Misdiagnosed With The Flu

Alyssa Alcaraz Died After Allegedly Being Misdiagnosed With The Flu
Alyssa Alcaraz (center) died Dec. 17 after she went into cardiac arrest and septic shock from a strep blood infection, which her family did not know she had. (Courtesy of Keila Lino) Twelve-year-old Alyssa Alcaraz died after allegedly being misdiagnosed with the flu. The preteen passed away on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California. According to The Washington Post, just 10 days before their daughter's death, Alcaraz’s family watched her perform at her school’s Christmas concert. The middle schooler had aspirations of pursuing the arts, but also expressed interest in someday becoming a police officer. She was, as her mother, Keila Lino, described to The Washington Post, a “tough little cookie” who was “responsible for her age.” The young girl realized that she was unwell and needed to be sent home from school on Dec. 13, when she started to feel feverish and had thrown up earlier in the day.

On Dec. 14, Lino took her daughter to Kaweah Delta Urgent Care in Visalia, California to have Alcaraz’s symptoms checked out. People reports it was here that the doctors allegedly misdiagnosed the young girl with the flu, prescribing her ibuprofen, cough syrup, nausea medication, and rest. By Sunday, Dec, 17, it was clear that these medications were not helping Alcaraz recover. From there, Alcaraz’s symptoms quickly grew worse, and she began experiencing shortness of breath. Lino brought her daughter back to urgent care, and it was found that her oxygen levels were dropping. After that, the young girl was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed, this time with meningitis. She died hours later due to cardiac arrest, as well as a strep blood infection, according to Cosmopolitan.

The family has a Go Fund Me page to help with the Alyssa’s funeral expenses, https://www.gofundme.com/alyssa-alcaraz

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