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Warren cheerleader overcomes COVID-19, MIS-C

WARREN, Ohio (WJW) — A local teen who survived a challenging battle with COVID-19 speaks out.

Within days, a once healthy honorary student and cheerleader was suddenly fighting for her life.

“I was just sore all over. I didn’t have as big an appetite as usual,” Warren’s Sandy Rose said.

Sandy tested positive for COVID-19 in the spring. At the time, she was a junior at Howland High School.

“I felt tired all the time,” Sandy said.

Days passed, but Sandy kept getting worse. It got to the point where her parents decided to call 911 and Sandy was taken to the emergency department of a nearby hospital.

“It just brings back some of the emotions of what we’ve been through, what she’s been through,” said her father, Terry Rose.

According to Terry, Sandy floated in and out of consciousness after being transported to Cleveland Clinic’s intensive care unit. It was there that Sandy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and had had diabetic ketoacidosis.

She also suffered from septic shock due to a previous injury.

These conditions were only exacerbated by COVID-19.

“The main reason they wanted to send her to Cleveland was her liver numbers and that she might need a transplant,” Terry said.

According to Terry, doctors said Sandy’s body was shutting down because of childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C.

As her numbers dropped and her condition stabilized, Sandy was taken to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for rehabilitation.

Her father said she couldn’t walk or even sit up without help.

“It felt like everything turned around in a weekend,” Sandy said.

After much rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Sandy was able to go home after an eight-week absence.

“After going through it all, I realized there’s so much we don’t know about viruses and new viruses,” Sandy said.

Sandy has since returned to school, but is no longer cheerleading.

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