13-year-old on ventilator after testing positive for COVID-19

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Monday, September 21, 2020
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Listen to this mother explain what her 13-year-old daughter has endured after developing lupus, then contracting COVID-19 during medical visit to Houston two months later.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As people continue to wade through the COVID-19 pandemic, others have experienced sudden, world-stopping incidents leaving them to fight for their life.

An Edinburg family's world was turned upside down recently after their 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed with lupus two months ago. Now, their world has taken another blow after the teen contracted COVID-19.

Dianita Rodriguez and her mom Leidy said they were in Houston to receive medical treatment for her condition when Dianita caught the virus.

Although she's currently on a ventilator, Leidy said she's hopeful her daughter will recover from COVID-19. She said her daughter is very kind and is missed in school by her bandmates.

The family has set up a GoFundMe for Dianita's medical bills.

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