Five-year-old Kaja Nygard is expected to be released from the hospital, more than a month after she contracted E. coli.
Kaja became so sick that she required five blood transfusions, five surgeries and was forced to undergo dialysis after her kidneys failed after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome caused by the E. coli infection. In addition, she developed pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.
Her father also became sick, but didn’t require hospitalization. The parents have no idea how she nor her father became ill.
Kaja, a former Little Miss Fourth of July, will need to remain on high blood pressure medication for a while once she’s home and she’ll need to have twice weekly doctor’s visits, along with other follow-up tests.
The family has no medical insurance.