Lauren's Miracle Story
Meet the 2016 Washington State Champion Child
Lauren was rushed to the emergency department at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital and admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on Sunday, February 8, 2015 after having flu-like symptoms, falling out of bed and not responding.
Her care team determined Lauren had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis - a serious complication that occurs when the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones resulting when the body can't produce enough insulin. Her pH was below 6.8 (the lowest known pH for survival is 6.0) and her body temperature was 90 degrees.
This diagnosis was a shock to her family.
The doctors gave Lauren a 10 percent chance of survival and said she was at high risk for cerebral edema. After 24 hours of labored breathing and meticulous correction, Lauren was intubated. Unfortunately, she aspirated during intubation and developed ARDS - another troubling prognosis.
Miraculously, after three weeks of intensive care and tremendous support, Lauren woke up and was moved to in-patient care in the oncology/specialty unit where she stayed throughout her rehabilitation. Five weeks after her terrifying onset began she walked out of the hospital without any complications.
Lauren will have T1D for the rest of her life, but with the amazing care she had and continues to receive, it will be a long, happy one.