California Girl Dies From Infection Doctors Originally Said Was the Flu

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
January 9, 2018News
California Girl Dies From Infection Doctors Originally Said Was the Flu

A 12-year-old girl in California has died, prompting family members to warn that diagnoses of the flu may actually be something else.

Alyssa Alcaraz of Visalia died from an infection that doctors originally misdiagnosed as the flu.

But a few days later, when her condition didn’t improve, the family took her back to urgent care. A physician there realized the girl’s oxygen levels were low and she was rushed to Kaweah Delta Medical Center by ambulance.

Within hours Alyssa’s organs started shutting down, her family told ABC13. Then she was dead.

Family members don’t want the same thing to happen to other families so they told the broadcaster that people should be careful when a flu diagnosis appears to be something else.

Many people have been posting on Alyssa’s Legacy obituary, mourning her sudden death.

Haley Reece, who identified herself as Alyssa’s best friend, wrote that she’s been crying a lot.

“But I know this isn’t the time for being sad for Alyssa,” she said, “Alyssa would want all of us to know that she is in a better place and that she is way healthier and jaunting with the angels!”

“I miss you tremendously my sweet bonus child!! I will miss the days of coming home to you running out the front door with Lily yelling ‘Hi MOM’ See you in paradise beautiful one,” added Maggie Medina de Gutierrez.

Vee Gee, cousin to Alyssa’s father, has reached out on the fundraising website GoFundMe, saying the family needs funds for the funeral.

“The funds will go toward the Alcaraz family. My cousin Jeremy is a father of three other babies and is not working at this time & wants to desperately bury his baby girl and not resort to cremation,” she wrote.

“No father should have to go through this alone so your help would be greatly appreciated.”


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