Mickey Dollens noticed his 2-week-old daughter Elvy was having difficulty breathing. She also had a fever, runny nose, and lots of mucus.
The worried dad watched in angst as little Elvy was taken to a clinic, then rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Her oxygen levels were nowhere close to where they needed to be.
Mickey had no idea at the time, but his newborn baby was suffering from a dangerous illness he’d never even heard of.
Baby Elvy was diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). According to the Mayo Clinic, RSV causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. It’s an extremely common virus, and most kids will have been infected with it by the age of 2.
However, RSV can be extremely dangerous — and potentially deadly — among those with weakened or underdeveloped immune systems, including preemies, the elderly, and newborns who have not yet been exposed to germs or vaccinated.
“If you look at their chest muscles and they retract or they suck in when they’re breathing, they’re working too hard to breathe,” Dr. Melinda Cail told KFOR.
Thankfully, Elvy’s dad Mickey is an Oklahoma state representative — and now he’s using his power, and the power of social media, to help spread awareness about RSV.
Footage provided by KFOR Oklahoma City
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