South Jordan family warns of RSV symptoms after baby ends up in NICU

A South Jordan family hopes others learn from their experience after their infant ended up in the hospital with RSV. (Poore family photo)



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SOUTH JORDAN — A South Jordan family hopes others learn from their experience after their infant ended up in the hospital with respiratory syncytial virus.

Susie, the Poore family's 3-month-old daughter, was sent home by doctors multiple times before she landed in the NICU. They questioned whether or not to keep going in, but they are glad they trusted their gut.

"It was like, every breath she took, it was very hard for her to breathe," Susie's mother, Hollie Poore, said.

The family had a cold in October and it seemed to linger for little Susie. They took her to her doctor's office, where she tested negative for RSV and were told to monitor her.

"So, we took her home and took her back to appointments like for two days, like in out, in out," Poore said.

The family knew something wasn't right when Susie was wheezing while breathing. They rushed her to the ER where she was immediately admitted.

"All of a sudden, there were like 12 people in the room putting a mask on her," Poore said.

Little Susie was tested again for RSV. This time, it came back positive. She spent a week recovering in the NICU on oxygen. It was an experience the family hopes others don't ever have to deal with.

"That was the hardest part — just watching her cry or not being able to feed her," Poore said.

Her family said their experience was one we could all learn from. "It's OK to go to the doctor again. You are not crazy. Do it! You feel stupid, but you need to do it anyway because it's better to be safe than sorry," she said.

Intermountain Healthcare has reported a seasonal spike in RSV cases and high activity in all but five counties in Utah.

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