While four-year-old Mia Wilkinson really just had the flu, things quickly got complicated and tragic. The girl came out of the hospital without her four limbs. His parents, Amy and Peter Wilkinson, explain this terrible ordeal in the News.com.au columns.
It all started in 2017. It was a Friday, Mia was quietly playing with her cousins. In the afternoon, the little girl began to complain of abdominal pain. She was then a victim of vomiting during dinner. His parents decide to take him to the doctor the next morning. The latter diagnoses him with gastro. But Mia is shown to be incoherent and disoriented shortly after visiting the doctor. Amy and Peter then decide to take their daughter to the hospital.
Once at the hospital, Mia complains of pain in her legs, but the doctors conclude that the little girl has contracted both flu B and myositis. Mia is sent home, but a few hours later she is admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit for sepsis. The child had contracted an infection caused by the presence of bacteria in his blood.
Mia’s blood pressure drops dangerously and the doctors give her medicine to keep it going, but this reduces the blood flow to all four of her extremities. Put on a ventilator for six days, Mia finally woke up. She survived sepsis, but necrosis has already developed. A week later, the doctors decided to amputate Mia’s arms below the elbow. Two months later, both of the child’s legs were amputated. A true nightmare for her and her parents, who thought she was suffering from a simple flu.
Peter and Amy want to educate parents about sepsis, but also encourage them to have their child vaccinated against the flu. “The majority of Australians have never heard of sepsis and are unaware of the symptoms. We had never even heard of it,” says Amy.
Now nine years old, Mia is a fulfilled little girl, despite the ordeal life faced her five years ago. Thanks to her prostheses, she can cycle, swim and dance.