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Isabella's Road to Recovery

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To all of Isabella Rooks' family and friends:

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, our healthy, lively and energetic cousin Isabella complained of pains in her shoulders. On the way to the hospital, Isabella began to lose control of her limbs. While in the ER, Isabella stopped breathing, lost consciousness, and then had a seizure. And as she was being removed from the MRI machine, she had another seizure. 

Although numerous tests have been performed since Tuesday, the cause of her pains, seizures and loss of consciousness remains a mystery. As a result of all that transpired on Tuesday, Isabella has lost control of any muscle movement from the neck down and isn't able to breathe on her own. She is able to feel when touched and is coherent when spoken to, but the loss of motion and inability to breathe on her own are the reasons she remains in the ICU. 

With the permission and blessing of our aunt and uncle, Pacifica and  Paul Rooks, we have started this GoFundMe page to help their family with what looks to be a long road to recovery for Isabella.  Today is October 8th, day seven of this life altering event, and Isabella remains in the ICU. We are asking family, friends, loved ones and anyone compelled to help to please make a donation. All donations will go directly to the Rooks family to help offset Isabella's increasing medical costs. 

On behalf of our family, we thank you for your continued prayers and outpouring support. 

Natalia & Matt
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Hi all,
So I spoke with both Isabella and her mom yesterday. Today, 10/16/18, she will be going thru a tracheotomy procedure to get the tubes out of her mouth and hopefully cause less irritation with her trachea. Her second spinal tap revealed no improvements, however she is getting stronger everyday. Her attitude about her recovery is strong and she is determined to overcome whatever this is.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!! I will update more as soon as I hear anything!!

Natalia
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Hi All.

I'm so sorry for not updating anything the last couple of days. I'm going to be honest...the news of Isabella's health finally hit me this past weekend and I had to cry it out before I can get back on here.

So, here is the update as of today, 10/14/18. Isabella had another spinal tap earlier in the day. Her neurologists hopes to see improvements from the plasmapheresis in her spinal tap results, which we may know tomorrow or the next few days at the latest. She was able to breathe on her own again for an hour today, and that exercise will continue everyday to help exercise her lungs and diaphragm. Isabella also goes through different therapy type exercises that help her move her legs and arms. There are some progress, but she is still in the ICU.

One of the emails I received was from one of Isabella's friends who is planning on putting together a video to post on her GoFundMe page. If you would like to help, please email me pictures or videos of you and Isabella at isabellasroadtorecovery@gmail.com so I may forward them to be included. The due date will be noon on Wednesday to give her friend time to put the video together and make the necessary edits.

Again, I apologize for not posting any updates in the last couple of days. I truly had a hard time this past weekend. What keeps me going is talking to Isabella on a daily basis and seeing her be surrounded by family and her friends.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers for our dear Isabella. We appreciate all of you!!

Natalia
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Update as of 10/9/18 1pm CST

Isabella is scheduled for an MRI today, one that was rescheduled from yesterday. While her condition is still a mystery, doctors are exploring the possibility that Isabella may have Guillan Barré Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. They will also perform plasmapheresis, a process where plasma that may contain antibodies that attack the immune system, is taken out and is replaced with good plasma.

Please continue to pray for her and hope that these new round of treatments will guide her doctors and nurses to answers. I appreciate your continued support and sharing of her GoFundMe account.

Thank you,
Natalia
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