Pertussis Causes Lewis County Baby to Fight for Her Life
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on October 31, 2013 @ 7:31PM
Created on October 31, 2013 @ 6:53PM
A 20 day old baby has been in the hospital since Sunday after being diagnosed with Pertussis or whooping cough. Oakley Kirkpatrick has been fighting through ever since with her family and the community behind her. Deputy Charlie Kirkpatrick told 5 News she's on life support and in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
"She's fighting for her life right now," said Deputy Charlie Kirkpatrick from the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Oakley's Father.
"They're holding in there as well as they can. It's a terribly sad situation and just trying to tell him to keep the faith. I think he's going to do so. He's a fighter and I have to believe that his daughter is going to do the same thing," said Sheriff Adam Gissy, Lewis County Sheriff's Department.
Vaccines can help save lives, but Oakley wasn't allowed to get one yet.
The community of Lewis County and all over have come together to support her and the whole family.
Click here to donate online.
You can also donate to them through Citizens Bank, by either dropping them off or mailing it to:
The Oakley Kirkpatrick Medical Fund
Care of Lisa Wilson
P.O. Box 310 Weston 26452
Or if you just want to send them a card wishing them well, you can send it directly to the hospital at:
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Children's Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Care of Oakley Kirkpatrick
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