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Toddler in coma after getting the H1N1 flu virus

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The number of flu cases in the state shot up this past week and it's now widespread in Arizona.

The flu is one of the reasons a valley toddler is in a medically induced coma at the hospital, because earlier this week, she came down with the H1N1 flu virus.

2 1/2 year-old Shiann was born with a birth defect, so she's already extremely vulnerable to viruses.

As we've seen in the past, the H1N1 strain has proven to be deadly even for healthy people.
Doctors are treating the toddler with more than a dozen different medications  that's why they put her in a coma. All her parents can do, is wait and pray for her to pull through this.

Shiann Sloan was born with an omphalocele a condition where her intestines were formed outside of her body. So when she gets sick, it's very scary for her and her parents.

"We have to be very extra careful because it hits her twice as hard sometimes literally holding her life in the balance when she does get sick" said Shiann's father Brandon Sloan.

Shiann's parents took her to the hospital 6 days ago because she was having trouble breathing.

"When we heard it was H1N1 our hearts sank because that was the one you heard not too long ago there were a lot of deaths and neurological mishaps with the virus" said Brandon.

Doctors decided to put Shiann in a medically induced coma to take the stress off her body as it fights the infection. "She is on close to about 16 or 17 medications... flovent to albuterol to ipotropium" said Brandon.

Not only is Shiann here at the hospital her mother was admitted here as well she thought she might've had H1N1 flu but was eventually diagnosed with valley fever.

With his only child and wife both extremely sick, the hardest part for him in his own words is "to pick and choose which one to spend the night with while I'm here at the hospital" said Brandon.

January 31st is national omphalocele day. Brandon was looking forward to being home with his family that day, to reflect on how far Shiann has come but the H1N1 virus has put that celebration on an indefinite hold.

"Were still hoping to kind of get her home for that.... its a little tough a little tough but we have faith that well get her home" said Brandon.

So Shiann has been in a coma for 6 days now, and doctors are hopeful to bring her out of that coma in another 5 to 6 days.  And after that, she could still be in the hospital for several more weeks.  But her condition could suddenly take a turn for the worse so all her parents can do is wait and see.

Shiann's family is accepting donations, you can help at the following site:

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