Though vaccines have protected most people from getting deathly ill from Covid-19, children under the age of five are not yet eligible to receive this protection.
At the start of this pandemic, it was said that children in this youngest age group were not susceptible to getting a severe case of COVID-19. However, the highly contagious Omicron variant appears to be changing that perception.
Parents are receiving notices of outbreaks of the virus in pre-schools and Children’s hospitals are seeing more children under 5 coming into their emergency room testing positive with COVID-19.
One of those children is 10-month-old Camila Arizu. The Sandoval/ Arizu family, with longtime roots in the Northeast San Fernando, said that after consulting with Camila’s doctor, they felt reassured that if they exercised COVID-19 safety measures it would be fine to travel to Mexico to have Camila baptized in the presence of her grandparents.
But that wasn’t the case. As it turned out, it was not “fine” Camila got COVID-19 and is now fighting for her life in a hospital in Mexico.
Because baby Camila is an American citizen, there is no financial support to assist in covering her medical costs in Mexico, and those costs are mounting daily. The family has exhausted its financial resources and is now reaching out asking for the public’s help for Camila.
“She is on a respirator and she is trying hard to breathe on her own,” explained Estela Sandoval, Camila’s aunt.
“We are desperately trying to do all we can. We wanted to try to transport her back home, but doctors said she cannot be moved, we are hoping that our San Fernando Valley community will help us to save her.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations. Those wishing to donate should visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-baby-camila?qid=f8d490b871dfae94b79d0dfed1a74b90.