Who is Jade DeLucia? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Mother, Regains Eyesight, Vision Return

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Jade DeLucia, who didn’t receive a flu shot this season, got sick late last year and eventually suffered a seizure and became unconscious.

A 4-year-old Iowa girl who was blinded and nearly died after catching the flu has regained her eyesight, family members announced this week.

She was diagnosed on Christmas Day with acute necrotizing encephalopathy, a known complication of viral infections, like the flu, which caused her brain to swell.

“They said she had significant brain damage. They said our child might not ever wake up, and if she did, she might not ever be the same,” mom Amanda Phillips told CNN at the time.

On New Year’s Day, Jade woke up — but was unable to see.

About two months later, on Monday, relative Courtney Frey announced that Jade’s sight had returned.

“The miracles continue for her!!!,” Frey posted in a Facebook group called Jade’s Journey.

Jade DeLucia Age

Jade DeLucia is 4 years old.

Regains Eyesight

But Jade was “still showing signs of brain damage,” Frey wrote.

“She is not the great independent conversationalist who knows her numbers and letters, but we are continuing to believe and hope in her full recovery,” she wrote.

“She is full of love, giggles, and snuggles and is an incredible light. We don’t take that for granted!”“They said she had significant brain damage. They said our child might not ever wake up, and if she did, she might not ever be the same,” mom Amanda Phillips told CNN at the time.

On New Year’s Day, Jade woke up — but was unable to see.

About two months later, on Monday, relative Courtney Frey announced that Jade’s sight had returned.

Mother

Jade’s mom added to CNN: “She’s doing awesome. We’re excited no matter what.”

An Iowa girl who lost her vision after almost dying from the flu has regained her eyesight, her mother said.

Just weeks after leaving the hospital in January following her recovery from the flu, family members noticed that Jade DeLucia, 4, suddenly was walking by herself to the bathroom, without touching the walls.
Testing it, family members asked her where her uncle was. Jade walked right to him.
“From there, it was almost an instant thing,” Jade’s mother, Amanda Phillips, told CNN. “She’s doing really good.”

Jade, who hadn’t had a flu shot this season, came down with the virus days before Christmas. Phillips and Jade’s father, Stephen DeLucia, didn’t realize it until Christmas Eve, when she developed a high fever.
Her parents rushed her to a hospital in Waterloo. When she had a seizure there, she was flown 80 miles to a children’s hospital in Iowa City.

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Phillips wasn’t optimistic that she would ever see her daughter again.
On Christmas Day, doctors told Phillips and DeLucia that the flu had caused significant brain damage — encephalopathy.
“They said our child might not ever wake up, and if she did, she might not ever be the same,” Phillips told CNN in January.
But what followed seems nothing less than a miracle: On New Year’s Day, Jade’s eyes were open, she smiled. And she just kept improving from there.
Doctors said she was lucky to be alive.
But it soon became obvious that Jade couldn’t see. The flu had affected the part of her brain that perceives sight, Jade’s neurologist said. Her doctors didn’t know if she would ever see again.

Jade will see an ophthalmologist later this month “to see where her eyesight does fall,” and a cognitive test may shed some light on a few issues she’s having, Phillips said.
Since Jade was diagnosed in the hospital with acute necrotizing encephalopathy, or ANE, a rare disease that was brought on by the flu, the family is waiting on test results to find out if Jade has a genetic disposition to ANE.
If so, Jade could face more seizures, even without the flu, Phillips said.
“It’s incredibly hard and we’re still learning,” Phillips wrote in a post on the Facebook group Jade’s Journey. “But I will never give up because she’s not giving up.”
But for now, “she’s doing awesome,” Phillips told CNN Sunday. “We’re excited, no matter what.”
CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield contributed to this report.

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