Nyasia was just 4 years old when her mother, Yolanda, received an urgent call from her day care. She was vomiting, lethargic and pale. Yolanda immediately took her daughter to Connecticut Children’s Hospital. There, she was diagnosed with pulmonary capillaritis — an inflammatory condition that causes the destruction of the tiny blood vessels that surround the air sacs, called capillaries. Symptoms can include anemia, shortness of breath or even sluggishness.
Talking about that day, Yolanda describes how scary it was, “my baby was suffering; hooked up to IV’s and different doctors were trying to explain what was happening.” Doctors did not believe Nyasia would survive six more months. “It was at that moment I died inside.”