12-year-old California girl dies from infection doctors misdiagnosed as flu

12-year-old California girl dies from infection doctors misdiagnosed as flu

The principal at Green Acres Middle School where Alyssa attended said she was a bright student, academically strong and very well liked by her peers.

Alyssa Alcaraz, of Visalia, died December 17 of cardiac arrest, which was brought on by septic shock from a strep infection in her blood, KFSN in Fresno reported.

"I remember she came home from school and she was throwing up, and I thought oh she's probably got food poisoning, she's going to be ok", said Alyssa's sister Mariah in an interview with ABC News. But after several days and no improvement in her condition, her mother took her to urgent care where low oxygen levels prompted doctors to recommend immediate hospitalization. However, Alyssa was not suffering from food poisoning, nor was it a case of the flu as doctors initially diagnosed.

Alyssa was rushed by ambulance to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Within hours, Alyssa's organs started shutting down and her family said she went into cardiopulmonary arrest six times.

"Outgoing and attractive soul" loved singing, science, baking and spending time with her family, read the obituary of the Green Acres Middle School student.

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Alyssa's death certificate indicated she went into cardiac arrest and septic shock from a strep blood infection, something no one suspected she had. But it was not until she died that they learned the young girl had a bacterial infection that was quickly moving inside her body.

"Now she's singing with the angels".

On Facebook he wrote, "I'm so torn right now, it's killing me.I can't even explain my pain to you guys. Overall she was an wonderful person and will be greatly missed by all of us".

"Alyssa had an energy for music, not a day passed by that she wouldn't sing her little heart out".

A GoFundMe page was made to help the Alcaraz family.

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