New York mother whose infant battled RSV has an important message for parents

New York mother whose infant battled RSV has an important message for parents

After a recent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) epidemic infected three of her kids and resulted in the terrifying hospitalization of one of them, a mother of five is urging parents to keep their ill children at home.

Carmen Bremiller, 27, of Barker, New York, in Broome County, has been caring for her girls for a number of weeks, and she reports that the path to complete recovery remains long.

Bremiller told Fox News Digital that all five of her children — Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — contracted the common cold in early September, shortly after returning to school for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

She stated that she kept her children at home for a week until they appeared to heal, but at the beginning of October, they displayed cold-like symptoms once again.

According to Bremiller, this included fever, ocular discharge, and appetite loss.

“I contacted their doctor’s office and spoke with the nurse, requesting that they be seen, but was instructed to treat their cold as such. “Therefore, I did it,” Bremiller recounted.

Bremiller reportedly administered over-the-counter pain medicines to three of her kids who were all under the age of five and suffering from high fevers.

Bremiller reported that she visited her children’s doctor’s office many times because she believed her children had been unwell for an unusually long time, but was continually advised that their problems were likely related to a previous illness.

The local Head Start facility where two of Bremiller’s girls were enrolled allegedly notified her on October 6 that there were verified occurrences of influenza, pink eye, croup, and RSV.

Three of Bremiller’s girls were diagnosed with RSV after she brought them to an urgent care facility for assessment.

“My two middle children fell quite unwell, but have since recovered and are doing much better,” Bremiller added. Unfortunately, my younger daughter did not perform well.

Bremiller reported that one-year-old Kinsley occasionally suffered rapid breathing, but she did not appear to be in respiratory distress.

Then she stopped consuming any liquids.

When medical personnel evaluated Kinsley on October 12, they discovered that her oxygen levels were low, and they remained low even after she was given an oxygen mask.

Bremiller stated that Kinsley was transported by EMS to a Buffalo children’s hospital, where emergency department physicians found her kid had pneumonia and lab testing revealed RSV was still present.

Sophia, age 10, Ashlynn, age 6, Caroline, age 4, Ava, age 3, and Kinsley, age 1, got the same cold.
Carmen Bremiller, as reported by FOX News

Bremiller noted that Kinsley’s left lung had water, so she was transferred to the ICU and placed on an external ventilator.

Her health deteriorated, and she required intubation and sedation.

“It was incredibly difficult to see her in that condition,” Bremiller told Fox News Digital. “With a tube down her throat, she was completely unconscious, and several lines and IVs were attached to her. I attempted not to weep.

She went on to say, “I felt accountable. How could I not have known that she was ill? Why didn’t I take her in sooner? How could anything of this nature happen so quickly?

Kinsley’s three-week stay includes other medical concerns.

According to Bremiller, there was a transient blood clot in her leg caused by an arterial line, which required treatment; a change in color when her oxygen level dropped again, which necessitated a ventilator switch; and symptoms of anemia, which required a blood transfusion.

Bremiller stated that Kinsley’s vital signs declined when a mucus plug became lodged in her airway on October 18.

“Her heart rate and blood pressure were low, and her oxygen level dropped to 60%,” Bremiller recounted. “They administered albuterol, which cleared her airways, removed the mucus block, and increased her oxygen levels.” They administered her medication to assist with her blood pressure. After that, she appeared steady, although her heart rate was elevated.”

Kinsley was drugged and placed in a prone position (belly down) so that secretions may evacuate her affected lung as the days passed. Reportedly exhibiting progress, Kinsley was placed back on a ventilator.

According to Bremiller, Kinsley received a computed tomography (CT) scan to assess her lungs on October 24 and a pulmonologist performed a bronchoscopy to inspect her lungs and airways.

Kinsley was given medications and respiratory testing. She gradually began to heal.

“On October 29, my baby was officially taken off the ventilator,” said Bremiller, who subsequently added that Kinsley was also taken off the feeding tube, IVs, arterial lines, and sedatives.

“I sobbed when I was finally able to hug her again after what seemed like two and a half years.”

Kinsley was in the hospital for 24 days. She returned on November 4th.

“Kinsley’s entire journey has been a rollercoaster,” Bremiller told Fox News Digital.

She said, “Kinsley was diagnosed with RSV, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and now asthma.” “She uses her inhaler four times daily. After around three months, they will reassess.”

Bremiller noted that Kinsley’s left lung had water, so she was transferred to the ICU and placed on an external ventilator.
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According to Bremiller, the youngster is currently recuperating and is being properly monitored.

Bremiller stated that the 1-year-old is presently on “a variety of drugs” and has follow-up meetings with physicians and specialists, including a pulmonology reevaluation and a sleep testing to assess whether Kinsley has sleep apnea.

Bremiller stated, “Kinsley has a long journey ahead of her before she returns to full health.”

Recently, Bremiller’s four other children have acquired coughs. Despite her best efforts, including withdrawing her children from the Head Start program, Kinsley has developed a mucus-filled cough and loud breathing.

Bremiller stated that she has been treating Kinsley with a nasal suction device, nasal spray, humidifier, and albuterol inhaler. Kinsley’s nurses have been conducting daily checks on her, and Bremiller stated that she has been treating Kinsley with a nasal suction device, nasal spray, humidifier, and albute

Kinsley has roughly 95% oxygen. Bremiller stated that the youngster is currently eating and drinking well.

“As of November 13, the nurse reported that her lungs sound OK, but she believes she may now have croup. They will continue to make occasional visits to check on her,” Bremiller stated.

While Bremiller believes Kinsley to be “a little warrior,” she cannot help but be “very anxious” about her illness recurrence.

She told Fox News Digital that she wants parents to know that unwell children should not be sent to school or day care.

“You may be disappointed that you cannot find someone to care your children so you can work, but you must find a solution,” Bremiller said.

“You may even hold the school responsible for your child’s illness in the first place. And it may be true, but that does not make it proper or acceptable to bring your child to school with an infectious and perhaps dangerous sickness.”

Bremiller also stated, “My infant did not attend day care or school because her elder sisters became ill at school and carried the illness home. Please understand that not everyone is your child, nor does everyone have the same immune system as your child. Your child may be well, but it does not guarantee the same for others. Please reconsider bringing your ill children to school.”

Remember next time that my child may be yours.

Bremiller noted that she believes parents should bring their sick children to the doctor promptly, even if the symptoms are minor.

Bremiller stated that her family has started a GoFundMe campaign to assist with expenses.
Carmen Bremiller, as reported by FOX News

“Even when we were in the hospital, I was in utter denial regarding her illness. My only regret is not having brought her there earlier.” Bremiller continued.

After losing two salaries due to Kinsley’s prolonged illness, Bremiller’s family has started a GoFundMe campaign to assist with money, she added.

“I have never been the sort to accept charity. “My husband and I were both unemployed when she was in the hospital, and with five children, we were already living paycheck to paycheck,” Bremiller explained.

We did not anticipate any of this to occur.

Bremiller stated that she and her husband may be out of work for a longer period of time as they continue to transport Kinsley to medical appointments. In addition, they have requested and been granted family medical leave.

“However, we have not yet received it,” Bremiller said, “and it represents only a percentage of his [her husband’s] typical salary.”

Bremiller stated that she is aware that other American families are struggling in the present economic climate, so prayers and good wishes are appreciated for Kinsley.

Additionally, she wants people to be aware that some children’s hospitals offer food and drinks in family waiting areas on a donation basis, so it may be useful to give shelf-stable meals and toiletries to local hospitals if standards permit.

The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, which purportedly treated Kinsley, was sought for comment by Fox News Digital.

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What families must know about RSV

According to a joint press release issued on November 14, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to declare a national emergency response to recent RSV and influenza outbreaks.

Approximately 58,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized yearly due to RSV; the respiratory virus is responsible for 100-500 annual fatalities, according to CDC data.

In light of COVID-19, the AAP and CHA are requesting a government emergency declaration and assistance since RSV has the potential to be devastating and requires rapid action.

RSV is infectious

Dr. Steven L. Goudy, a pediatric ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist from Brookhaven, Georgia, and creator of the Dr. Noze Best nasal suction equipment, told Fox News Digital: “Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a highly contagious sickness that most children will suffer before age two.”

“Typically, symptoms appear two to five days after exposure and linger one to two weeks,” added Goudy, who has not treated Kinsley.

“While the early phase is often benign, as the illness advances, children frequently have more severe symptoms. Some RSV consequences necessitate hospitalization due to respiratory distress or dehydration.

According to Goudy, common symptoms of an RSV infection include congestion and a runny nose.

“Be on the lookout for indications of respiratory distress, such as fast breathing, laborious breathing, lip color changes (pale or blue), nasal flaring, wheezing, changes in awareness, and changes in body posture to breathe,” Goudy said.

“Notify your provider if you have any cause for concern. Suction the noses of infants and young children who cannot blow their noses.

It is vital to check a child’s breathing and hydration status (including wet diapers and tears) if he or she has RSV, according to Dr. Goudy. “RSV and the flu are transferred by respiratory droplets and close person-to-person contact,” he said.

Goudy encouraged parents and caregivers to establish limits with anybody who comes into close contact with infants and young children, such as hand-washing, avoiding kissing the infant, and wearing a mask.

“A person is often infectious for a few days prior to the onset of symptoms,” Goudy stated. “However, you should keep your kid home from school or day care until they have been fever-free for 24 hours and do not require further assistance with suctioning.”

There is presently no RSV vaccination available.

According to the city’s Health Department, the incidence of RSV has increased in recent months.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reports that RSV, influenza, and other respiratory infections are on the rise.

Dr. Kristina Deeter is a pediatric critical care specialist with the nationwide pediatric care network Pediatrix Medical Group.

Deeter, who has not treated Kinsley, said to Fox News Digital that RSV infections and influenza cases are increasing in southern states.

Other “common respiratory viruses” that normally arise during winter, such as rhinovirus, adenovirus, and human metapneumovirus, are “players” as well, according to Deeter.

“Typically, these viruses produce minor illnesses, but we are afraid that this year’s symptoms may be more severe because the immune systems of everyone have not been exposed to these viruses as often in the last several years,” Deeter added.

“In addition, Europe is already observing an increase in novel COVID variations, which we will need to monitor closely since they may harm our children more severely this time,” she added.

Deeter stated that she advises influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged six months and older.

This vaccination has been shown to be safe and effective in reducing the severity of COVID infection, and both the influenza and COVID vaccines have been associated with low side effects.

She said, “Our children have already wasted too much time in school over the past two to three years.”

It is crucial for their psychological and intellectual development that they be able to regularly attend school and engage with their classmates and instructors.

 

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