ORLANDO, Fla. - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania girl remains hospitalized after being diagnosed with H1N1 while on vacation in Orlando.
Jaylea Heim was on vacation with her family in late February when she was taken to a local clinic with flu-like symptoms. From there, she was rushed to Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, according to family members.
Jason and Leah Heim said they hoped to have a fun family vacation in Orlando, but instead, they have spent a week at Florida Hospital watching over Jaylea.
"It's really sad just seeing her with the ventilator and all the wires hooked up to her," said Jason Heim.
Jaylea is sedated so she doesn't tug at the tubes and wires that are helping to save her life after being diagnosed with severe flu and other complications.
"The doctors did a culture and came back and told us she had H1N1, the swine flu," he said.
And, on top of that, she had gotten pneumonia from a bacterial infection.
The family said they have thousands of dollars in hospital bills, but is now getting help from donors online who have heard their story and donated more than $11,000.
"The best part of the story is we have not had to worry about anything except for our daughter," Jason Heim said.
Doctors said Jaylea is expected to recover.
Heim's parents said the ordeal has been tough on them and their four other children. They have set up an online fundraiser to help cover her medical bills.