Louisville sophomore hospitalized with life-threatening bacterial infection

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A 10th grader at Louisville High School needs your prayers right now.

According to a social media post from her mom, Isabella, a sophomore cheerleader, was admitted to Akron Children’s Hospital over the weekend for septic shock.

“She is fighting a life-threatening bacterial infection that is causing dangerously low blood pressures and high lactate levels,” her mother wrote. “The biggest challenge we face now is for her to be able to sustain a blood pressure and MAP (mean arterial pressure) without the support of critical drips and medications.”

Isabelle’s body is trying to fight off the infection, according to her mom. “Strict parameters” have been set in place related to a risk of organ failure.

“We are still uncertain what the source of the bacteria is, we should know more when the blood culture results come back in a few days,” her mother wrote as she went on to thank God. “We praise God that she has been able to protect her own airway thus far, not needing a ventilator for extra support.”

As for Isabelle’s toughness, her mom said she’s blown away.

“She is by far the bravest and strongest girl I know! She hasn’t cried or complained that anything hurts one time,” she said. “I am so incredibly grateful for the nurses and doctors at Akron Childrens for their fast actions and thoroughness from the time we walked through the doors in the ER until now.”