A 12-year-old Salem girl, Mikayla Decelle, and her father are intubated at Massachusetts General Hospital after the entire family recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Kylie DeCelle, Mikayla’s older sister and a high school student, said she is concerned about her father and sister. Her mother, Erica, is also at MGH, meanwhile, holding Mikayla’s hand, according to WBZ.
“I’m really worried about my dad and my sister, but I’m really worried about my mom right now and I really miss her,” Kylie told the news channel. “There’s not really much we can do for them right now, and I feel really bad.”
Both Kylie and her mother, who is pregnant and expecting to give birth in February, have been vaccinated against the virus, WBZ reports. Mike, Erica’s husband and the girls’ father, promised to get vaccinated before the new baby is born, but had not yet done so. Meanwhile, Mikayla would get her vaccine.
“Without them here, everything is so quiet,” Kylie said, according to WBZ. “As much as my sister irritated me, I really miss them very much.”
Mike was rushed to Salem Hospital one night in the middle of the night after experiencing breathing problems. He was then transferred to Mass General’s ICU. due to its low oxygen levels, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to help the family. He was then sedated and intubated as he showed no improvement.
Mikayla, meanwhile, was taken to Salem Hospital over Thanksgiving. She was also sent to Mass. General and placed in the pediatric ICU ward due to breathing difficulties. She was then also intubated.
By about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the GoFundMe had raised just over $19,000 with a stated goal of $25,000.
Mike owns and operates a towage business of his own.
“During this time, the tow company is inactive as there are no additional staff,” said the fundraiser.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll also shared the fundraiser on her Facebook page.
“Hope and pray for a happy ending for this family in Salem,” she said.
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