ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJRT) — A Michigan mother who is currently sitting in an isolation room with her 16-month-old child who has COVID-19 is asking people to take the virus more seriously.
“After a year of being extremely isolated from everyone. Fiona got COVID. And it happened very quickly,” said Andrea Bell.
Fiona Bell already has a background of medical complexities that includes Spinal Bifida.
“She’s a very brave feisty spirited little girl and she she’s been through a lot and so have we. She she’s had, I think six or seven major surgeries now, four of those being brain surgery. She’s been through a lot. And we’ve been able to keep her out of the hospital since August which is a huge deal for her,” said Andrea.
Fiona has been in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit since Friday. She’s now in stable condition at the Children’s Mott Hospital hooked up to a ventilator inside of an isolation room with her mom by her side.
Andrea said she felt it was important to share their story so others won’t have to go through what they are.
“We were immediately asked to participate in a research study, and they’re going to be following her for probably about a year and collecting data, so that they can have those statistics to help other children but right now, there just isn’t any.”
Andrea said feels a responsibility to encourage people to mask up and to sign up to get the vaccine.
“If it’s as simple, an effort as asking people to wear a mask to protect families from this nightmare, then that’s what I want people to do…Then I want to encourage people to get vaccinated because this shouldn’t happen to families this is terrible.”
Andrea says she doesn’t know how long she and Fiona will be in the hospital, but she expects at least several weeks.
Andrea isn’t sure how long she and her daughter will be in the hospital but expects it to be several weeks.
Fiona’s family is asking for people to send letters, pictures or words of encouragement to Fiona.
You can send mail to: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Attn: Fiona Bell Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 10 East 1540 East Hospital Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109