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Family of Black Elk Elementary student hospitalized with COVID-19 issues statement – WOWT

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The family of a Black Elk Elementary student hospitalized with COVID-19 issued a statement Friday thanking the school, the district, Children’s Hospital, and the community for their help and support this week — and urging vaccination.

“Our son continues to be a strong fighter through covid pneumonia and through secondary bacterial infections. We are with him every step of the way,” says the statement passed along by Millard Public Schools on behalf of the family, who has also asked for privacy.

The family says in the statement that they are vaccinated, or as of yet too young to be, and encouraged others to do the same:

“What we are learning from our struggle may help some other families. In hopes of that, we want to share these thoughts. First, please be aware of how random symptoms may appear and how quickly covid can escalate. Second, it is easy to be complacent with Covid because it’s gone on much too long, but nothing has changed and we need to be vigilant,” the family said.

The family also encouraged kindness and compassion among disagreements.

Friday afternoon, the Millard Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard was showing that the school, closed this week and next because of the COVID-19 outbreak, had 51 active cases, up from 25 reported on Monday.

MPS was also reporting a total of 155 active cases throughout the district, as of Friday’s update.

Read the family’s full statement

Difficult times have a way of shining a bright light on people, and our family has found unbelievable kindness. From homemade cards to meal trains, the support of friends, neighbors, Black Elk elementary, Millard schools and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has sustained us through a challenging time.

Our son continues to be a strong fighter through covid pneumonia and through secondary bacterial infections. We are with him every step of the way.

What we are learning from our struggle may help some other families. In hopes of that, we want to share these thoughts. First, please be aware of how random symptoms may appear and how quickly covid can escalate. Our situation started with a bright rash on the cheeks that we gave little thought. Second, it is easy to be complacent with Covid because it’s gone on much too long, but nothing has changed and we need to be vigilant.

Because of our personal experiences, the one thing we feel can change covid is vaccines. Those old enough in our family vaccinated, and even though we have been exposed, we have remained healthy. This has been so important as we take care of each other. We encourage everyone to have a conversation with their physician about vaccines.

Finally and maybe most importantly, we are all tired, but we need to continue to be compassionate with one another. We do not all have to agree, but we can be kind.

We want to move through this time privately, and we appreciate the community and the media honoring our wishes.

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