Cheerleader Warren Defeats COVID-19, MIS-C

Warren, Ohio (WJW) – A local teenager who survived a tough battle with COVID-19 speaking publicly.

Within days, a healthy honors student and cheerleader was suddenly fighting for her life.

“I felt pain all over. I didn’t have as big an appetite as I usually did,” said Sandy Rose, of Warren.

Sandy tested positive for COVID-19 in the spring. At that time, she was a junior in Howland High School.

“I was tired the whole time,” Sandy said.

Days passed but Sandy continued to deteriorate. It got to the point that her parents decided to call 911 and Sandy was taken to the emergency department of a nearby hospital.

“It kind of brings back some feelings of what we’ve been through, what she’s been through,” her father, Terry Rose, said.

According to Terry, Sandy floated and lost consciousness after being transferred to the intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic. There Sandy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis.

She also suffered from septic shock from a previous injury.

These conditions have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

“The main reason they wanted to send her to Cleveland was because of her liver numbers and that she might need a transplant,” Terry said.

According to Terry, doctors said Sandy’s body was shutting down due to infantile multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C.

Once her numbers decreased and her condition stabilized, Sandy was transferred to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for rehabilitation.

Her father said she could not walk or even sit without assistance.

“It felt like everything flipped over in one weekend,” Sandy said.

After much rehab and physical therapy, Sandy was able to go home after eight weeks.

“After reviewing everything, I realized that there is a lot we don’t know about viruses and new branches of viruses,” Sandy said.

Sandy has since gone back to school but is no longer cheerleading.

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