Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati
When Nevaeh got sick, neither she nor her mom imagined that the medicine she was taking to get better would actually be the cause of another illness for the 4-year-old girl. Nevaeh experienced an allergic reaction to the antibiotic she was taking which caused a rash that quickly developed in painful blisters, lesions and sloughing of her skin and mucous membranes.
Nevaeh was in the hospital for weeks as the reaction ran its course; the brave little girl was receiving treatment for her infection, tube feeding, wound care and pain management. The Stevens-Johnson reaction evolved to the point of covering 44% of Nevaeh’s body with wounds, including her mouth and eyes. The affected areas are still identifiable even a month later as the pigment is still returning to Nevaeh’s healed skin.
“The change to her appearance has been as hard for her as was the pain during her hospitalization, but she’s been able to smile through it all,” adds her nominating Child Life Specialist.
“When Nevaeh received her Hero of the Month package, it just made her day,” says family member Sharon. “She even wanted to wear her t-shirt to school. Thank you so much Kids Wish Network.”
We’re excited to see Nevaeh is doing well and proud to be a Hero of the Month!