Ariana Rae Delfs, 17, suffered from frequent headaches and showed symptoms similar to those of a cold. According to her family, the high school student in Florida contracted the common mononucleosis virus. About three weeks ago, she started to feel bad, WJAX-TV reported.
Her father Mark Delfs said that her daughter, who was an honor student, "always seemed to have a headache." He also said that the teenager began to vomit non-stop one afternoon. "We were very nervous," the father admitted, so they took her to the hospital the next morning. Although they did several tests, they could not diagnose her at the time and the young woman's health continued to deteriorate.
The teenager began to show other severe symptoms, saying that she could not feel her legs and had difficulty walking. She also began to speak in confusion. Doctors suspected that the young woman had had a stroke.
Taking her to a hospital in Jacksonville, the doctors didn't diagnose mononucleosis until its final days. The student was in the hospital for about three days before being disconnected from life support machines. "Her brain was inflamed to the point that it could no longer function and she had brain damage," the father lamented. "Your body is supposed to fight it," added Mark Delfs of the Epstein-Barr virus, also known as "the kissing disease," since it is contracted through saliva. Her father created a Go Fund Me account to raise money to donate to various charities that Ariana supported. "Her spirit, her generosity and her inner light will continue to shine," said her father on the Go Fund Me page. May Ariana rest in peace.
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