WHEELING – Olivia Keeger-Camillo, 17, of Wheeling can be this 12 months’s Child Prodigy in the course of the Ohio Valley Kids’s Gala at WVU Medication.
She is the daughter of Rebecca Keeger and David Camilo of Wheeling.
Keijer Camilo was recognized with necrotizing fasciitis, a uncommon and harmful flesh-eating bacterium, in March. Her situation, which began in her foot, led to the necessity for surgical procedures to take away the affected elements. She additionally bought pores and skin grafts. She spent, in whole, a couple of month within the hospital in Morgantown.
Kiger stated this 12 months’s gala, scheduled for six p.m. Saturday at Oglebay’s Glessner Auditorium, will assist elevate cash for the hospital’s transportation crew.
“She nearly died in March,” she stated, including that her daughter was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit. “They saved her life. It has been a really lengthy journey. … It is actually superb.
“We’re so grateful for the non-public and lifesaving care she acquired at WVU Medication Kids’s. They not solely saved her life, however influenced the course of the remainder of her life. She is considering turning into a health care provider now,” Keger added.
Keeger-Camillo, a scholar at Linsley College, stated she would in the future prefer to grow to be a pediatrician. Whereas within the hospital, she stated she bonded together with her caregivers. She stated that having her household there to assist her made her battle simpler.
“Other than the bodily ache, my fantastic household was with me the entire time. I actually related with the workers on the hospital. They turned my second household.”
Kiger-Camilo stated the medical workers was there when she wanted a good friend, too. There have been loads of companies like music, video games, and flicks to look at as properly.
“They make the surroundings in order that the kids stay youngsters and be as pure as attainable,” she stated.
Keeger-Camillo stated her pores and skin grafts have recovered and he or she is now engaged on rebuilding the muscle groups and mobility she misplaced whereas within the hospital.
She stated her father is a bodily therapist and helps her with precisely that.
“I simply bought again from working,” she stated. “I need to go to the Naval Academy, so I’ve to work on my power and work on working, push-ups and pull-ups.”
Kiger-Camilo has indicated that she is “completely” planning to begin dancing once more.
“Dancing is my second house. I hope to be again there. I’ll slowly begin once more in a few months,” she stated.
She stated Kiger-Camilo is just not considering getting the situation once more as a result of it is so uncommon to begin with it.
There are 2,000 circumstances every year. It was an excellent storm by way of how I bought it. “I’ll by no means perceive it once more,” she stated.
Dancers are recognized to push by ache and accidents to proceed doing their arts. She added that she and her fellow dancers have to take accidents and cuts critically and clear them correctly to assist forestall potential infections and additional harm.
Keeger-Camillo’s restoration has acquired nationwide consideration in latest weeks. Her story was discovered within the New York Submit, Folks and on Yahoo! This has amplified her message to others – for different youngsters who might have additional medical care, they should not be afraid to journey to get it.
“Do not be afraid to go to Morgantown if one thing goes mistaken. You’ll be given glorious care. I felt supported all through the journey. I felt actually cherished, and that was an essential a part of this and therapeutic.”
The occasion, titled “Evening of Hope” on Saturday, will function connoisseur dinners, leisure, dance, and stay and silent performances. For ticket info, go to ovchgala.com.