My daughter Alyssa Loates who was 8 at the time got the Norovirus in march 2012, at first she had all the normal effects but then she started to go floppy and started to have confused speech, she ended up in Medway hospital and got worse, she started fitting becoming critical. Alyssa had seen doctors all her life and this condition was missed, it's a metabolic condition called OTC defiency, OTC is deadly and had already caused Alyssa's brain to swell so badly that it was crushing the primal part that controls her heart and lungs.
Alyssa was rushed to London where the doctors done an MRI, with the results from that the doctors concluded that she had only 72 hours to live, Alyssa's heart was stopping because of her brain, Alyssa was past critical and death was the only medical certainty but then with being beyond the help of medical science and doctors she started to stabilize .. even so The next day Alyssa had another MRI and a test for her neurological activity, the doctors called all our family in the room and broke the bad news, they told me and Sarah that her brain was as damaged as it could get and that she wouldn't be able to survive without the life support and that we would have to make the decision to turn it of, they said she wouldn't come off the ventilator, move, talk, see, or hear and that if we kept her alive we would only be being cruel... we were completely devastated. Alyssa was in PICU on life support for 17 days and in a coma for over a month. The day come for them to take her of the life support.... they took her of and again against all medical science she breathed by her self even though it was neurologically impossible for her to do so. Since that day the doctors stopped telling us what Alyssa would do and instead come to see, as the only thing medically they could tell us is that she shouldn't even be alive, one of the top neurologists in the country now call's Alyssa her Miracle Girl.