Rockbridge Co. Girl Recovering After Near-Fatal Reaction to Ibuprofen

Glasgow, VA - A Rockbridge County girl is still recovering one month after an allergic reaction to an over the counter drug that almost killed her.

The seven-year-old developed a very rare condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. At one point, it forced doctors to put her into a medically induced coma.

The girl, whose name is Princess, is doing quite well today. She is still suffering, but doing better than she was.

Princess was taking children's ibuprofen for a fever that eventually took on a life of its own. First a rash, then Princess had blisters all over her body. The blisters soon became life threatening.

"The same blisters that were on her face and all over her body went down her airway and that's when it gets dangerous," said John Gillespie, Princess' Father

Initially doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong, complicating the treatment. Eventually, it was determined that Princess was suffering from Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Because the condition is very rare, doctors weren't looking for it at first.

"At UVa, the doctors I was talking to, they say they've only had six cases in the past eight years," said Gillespie.

"It's hard to put into words. Sitting there watching your daughter almost die day after day after day," said Summer Jones, Princess' Mother .

The family has been through a lot in the past month. Princess spent much of the month in a medically induced coma. It has left her in a weakened condition as she travels a long road to recovery, beginning with her first day of physical therapy.

The family is left suddenly overwhelmed with major medical bills. Even with insurance, just one day spent at Carilion Roanoke Memorial is costing them $2500, and they have yet to see the bill for nearly 30-days spent at UVa.

A fund has been set up to help this family.

You may send donations to:

Attn.: John Gillespie acct# 2000043713

c/o Kim Patterson

City National Bank

102 Walker Street

Lexington, Va 24450