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The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in a roundabout way, and one North Dakota household that’s felt the cruel affect of the virus refuses to surrender.
“So on March 20, we went to the hospital and we thought he was simply sick,” Sara LaVallie stated.
However assessments taken at Trinity Well being in Minot revealed there was extra to it. John Wanapi, Sara LaVallie’s 11-year-old brother who she’s taken full custody of, was identified with Acute Renal Failure, which suggests his kidneys couldn’t filter waste from his blood.
“They stated that they couldn’t cope with an 11-year-old on dialysis, so that they despatched us to Minneapolis,” LaVallie stated.
An eight and a half hour journey later to the College of Minnesota Masonic Youngsters’s Hospital, John, Sara and her husband had been met with the truth of COVID-19.
“We had numerous restrictions. We all the time needed to put on a masks, even in our room with him, simply because he’s extra resistant to it now as a result of he’s sick. Some nights we couldn’t even be with him, so we’ve got needed to maintain him in a bubble,” LaVallie stated.
However that’s not all they’ve needed to cope with.
“The primary day John was within the hospital, me and my husband had been each laid off,” she stated.
Confronted with the monetary hardships of medical payments, journey prices and different necessary issues, LaVallie says she nonetheless wouldn’t let that have an effect on them from taking good care of her little brother.
“I attempt to maintain the monetary issues as not his issues. He’s already coping with every part else occurring within the hospital, so I feel him being an 11-year-old, I don’t assume financially he ought to have to fret,” LaVallie stated.
And thus far, he hasn’t. Six weeks later, now within the consolation of his residence, he’s been capable of start his remedy. Sara says now it’s a ready recreation for her brother to obtain a kidney transplant. Docs say it might take as much as a yr.
“They advised us that after COVID we will put him on a donor checklist or begin discovering household or mates with the identical blood sort,” she stated.
And as for John?
“I’m actually simply glad to be at residence,” John stated.
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