FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida teen described by family members as energetic is within the hospital combating COVID-19 days earlier than she had deliberate to obtain the vaccine, her household stated.
Kin of 15-year-old Paulina Velasquez stated she was excited to begin her sophomore yr at J.P. Taravella Excessive Faculty in Coral Springs.
Monday night, she stays on a ventilator within the intensive care unit at Broward Well being Medical Heart.
“She’s intubated. She’s in an induced coma,” stated her mom, Agnes Velasquez, who has additionally examined optimistic for COVID.
Paulina’s household stated she is a wholesome teen who was aware of the virus and all the time wore her masks.
“Right now is our day 9 within the hospital. Daily it’s tougher and tougher sitting on the bedside with my daughter, subsequent to her, holding her hand,” stated Agnes.
“My sister all the time took precautions, and he or she made positive to all the time put on her masks in all places. She was form of petrified of the virus, to be trustworthy,” stated her brother, Tomas Velasquez. “It’s truly actually stunning to us.”
Tomas stated he and his sister are finest mates. Of their final telephone dialog earlier than she was taken to the hospital, she had requested him to get the COVID vaccine.
“She began off with – she had hassle respiration, and he or she began form of getting drained. She was telling my mother that she’s drained, she will’t stroll,” he stated, “so my mother took precautions and took her to the emergency room. It occurred within the blink of a watch.”
The household realized she had COVID and pneumonia. Days later, she was intubated and placed on a ventilator. Hospital employees transfer the place of her physique each 12 hours.
Agnes stated she has some signs, however she has not left her daughter’s aspect.
“I do sit subsequent to her mattress and pray, maintain her hand and simply praying, asking God to heal her and produce her again to me as quickly as potential,” stated Agnes.
“We put our daughter in God’s fingers, and He’s there, He’s all the time there, and we’re praying, praying,” stated Orlando Velasquez, Paulina’s father.
Parishioners at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, the place the Velazquez household attends providers, have lifted Paulina up in prayer.
Orlando and Thomas can’t be by Paulina’s aspect, however 7News cameras confirmed them embracing close to the hospital entrance, Monday afternoon. They stated they got here to hope and to be close to her.
Father and son additionally took the chance to warn others to watch out.
“I’m right here to only encourage folks and let all people know that this virus is critical,” stated Tomas. “Lots of people don’t consider that it’s critical, however my sister was a wonderfully wholesome 15-year-old.”
“My daughter is simply 15 years outdated. She’s a great lady. She’s in actually good situation, wonderful, and for my youngsters, for everyone, it’s actually laborious to see her in that mattress,” stated Orlando.
Monday evening, Paulina’s household stated it seems her lungs may be clearing a bit, however it’s far too early to know what her prognosis is at this level.
Paulina’s household is asking for the general public’s prayers. They’ve created a GoFundMe web page to assist with medical bills. If you want to make a donation, click on here.
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