It was the day before Halloween 2003 and Lauren and her brother Vic
were all excited about trick-or-treating the next day.
I took Lauren to day care that morning, she was perfectly fine.
I received a call at 10:00 am from the daycare. They said Lauren
wasn't feeling well.
When I picked her up she had a fever of 102.
I took her to the doctor, who gave her a strep test.
He said she had something viral and to go home and rest. She threw up
while we were leaving his office.
All day long she vomited everything that went in and her fever rose to
At about 5:00 pm I noticed some small red dots, not a lot of them.
Her dad, Vic, went on the computer to try and diagnose something
while, in the meantime, I called the doctor again.
It was the answering service by this time and they had to get in
touch with the doctor. Lauren then turned white as a ghost.
We immediately called back and said we would hold while they contacted
My husband gave her symptoms over the phone. Lauren's doctor had a
suspicion of what is was and told us to come in.
Upon seeing Lauren, she knew immediately.
While we drove to the emergency room, our doctor called ahead to the
local hospital and told them what antibiotic to
give Lauren. We were then immediately sent by ambulance to another
A doctor from there came with the ambulance.
We arrived at at 1:00 am (only 15 hours after her first feeling a
little sick) where she immediately went into septic shock.
My poor baby looked as if someone beat her up with a baseball bat.
She was purple from head to toe.
My husband is a NYC firefighter and his "brothers" were at the
hospital by 3:00 am.
They were told by the doctors not to leave because our daughter was
not going to make it and we would need the support.
Lauren's blood pressure was 40 over 20 for about 12 hours and her
heart rate was 210.
All I could think about was how I was going to tell Lauren's brother
that his beautiful sister and best friend died.
They love each other so much. My brother and sister-in-law were at
by 4:00 am and all my husband and I could do was hug them and cry.
With each passing day we would ask if our baby was going to live and
the doctors could never give us a definitive answer.
After about three weeks, they started to seem optimistic.
They day after Thanksgiving, the doctors removed Lauren's legs below
her knees and her right hand
(they kept her wrist intact). Lauren's knees were necrotic and we
were not sure if they would heal.
On February 2, 2004, Lauren had plastic surgery to fix her knees.
Part of her left kneecap was necrotic and had to be removed and the
doctors put a "flap" of muscle to heal her.
The operation was a success.
The end of April Lauren's kidneys failed. She is now on dialysis and
will be getting a transplant on June 21, 2004.
With God's will, we hope the operation will be a success.
Lauren is a very optimistic and vibrant girl. She brings happiness
with her wherever she goes.
She is strong-willed and energetic. She is the love of our lives.
God bless you sweet angel.
Update On Lauren October 31,2004
Lauren has had her kidney transplant and is doing well.
continue to pray for her health and ask God to bless her abundantly.