KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kaneohe student was sent to the emergency room with what was originally thought to be an asthma attack; the prognosis turned out to be much more severe.
On Monday, September 21, 10-year-old Ashlynn Bannister was feverish and her mother was told the symptoms were related to asthma. Ashlynn was prescribed a nebulizer.
After two days of treatment, Ashlynn's condition worsened. Ashlynn's mother, Angie Salaum, rushed her daughter to the Kapiolani Medical Center Emergency Room.
Doctors informed Salaum that her daughter was not suffering from the common respiratory ailment but was actually succumbing to an often fatal heart condition known as Myocarditis.
Myocarditis is often triggered by a viral infection which leads to inflammation of the heart wall; symptoms can be as mild as chest pain and as severe as heart failure.
To receive further treatment and now facing a possible heart transplant, Ashlynn and her mother have flown to Seattle for medical assistance.
The GoFundMe account that was set up to help alleviate some of the medical expenses Ashlynn and her family now face has already raised more than $10,000. They hope to raise $15,000.
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