Four-year old Lanie Hope Smith of Fallon, daughter of Ken Smith of Reno and Melanie Smith of Fallon, fell ill last weekend and was admitted into Banner Churchill Community Hospital on Sunday.
Lanie’s kidneys began failing and she was transferred to Washoe Medical Center, where it was determined she had an E. coli infection. While at Washoe Med, Lanie’s kidneys began shutting down and her blood cell counts became dangerously abnormal.
She was then transferred to The Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California, where she had to undergo surgery to insert two shunts for kidney dialysis.
Because Lanie’s kidneys are compromised, excess fluid is building in her system and she now has fluid in her lungs. The little girl is hooked up to continuous dialysis and oxygen.