5-Year-Old Sophia Needs Your Help for EEE Recovery

On Tuesday, September 3rd, Sophia Garabedian was rushed from her home in Sudbury, MA to Boston Children’s Hospital in an ambulance after experiencing severe flu symptoms, headaches, and appeared to be having a seizure. She had a very high fever and brain swelling and quickly became unresponsive. On Friday, September 6th, the tests came back positive for EEE  (the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus). Her parents have been at Children’s Hospital with her this entire time, and it has been truly heartbreaking for all of their family and friends. She remains in the ICU and while the family has a full medical insurance plan through their employer, the out-of-pocket medical costs will be massive.

A group of close friends have been visiting regularly and created this GoFundMe to help. The Garabedian family will be the named beneficiary on this account and will receive the funds directly to be used for medical care and rehabilitation costs. These costs include neurologist support as Sophia’s brain heals, physical therapy as she regains use of her body, and in-patient care for an extended period of time. We need your help. 

Let’s remove the financial worry from these amazing parents and let them continue to do what they are doing - being by Sophia’s bedside 24X7 helping her to heal and recover. 

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Prior to this sudden illness, she was a happy, loving little girl who loved playing with her friends and doing gymnastics. She just graduated from preschool and had her first week of Kindergarten before this terrible tragedy began. She loved playing with her dolls, spending time at the beach, and playing with her dog Rocky. 

We want to give her every chance in the world for full recovery. Please help! 

Special Note: Please do not reach out to the family. They are 100% focused on their daughter’s recovery. We ask that media please respect their privacy.  This page was created with permission from the family.

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Donations (0)

  • Tunde Ibu 
    • $70 
    • 7 hrs
  • Sumiya Sulthana Shaik 
    • $25 
    • 7 hrs
  • Paige Sivertsen 
    • $20 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 6 d

Fundraising team: Friends of the Garabedian Family (4) 

Debbie Moynihan 
Organizer
Sudbury, MA
David Garabedian 
Beneficiary
Kirstin Garabedian 
Team member
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