Doctors do not know how Deja Smith got it.
A family spokesperson says it all
"Right now, Deja is battling MRSA. She's full-blown sepsis. She has pneumonia in both her lungs, said Ashley Marshall.
Marshall says she and her husband know each other in Washougal.
Over the holidays, they went to the hospital to pray.
"It's really all we can do," Marshall says.
Just two weeks ago, Deja was your typical pre-teen, outgoing and full of energy. Then her mother says she did not feel well and a day later ended up in the hospital with a staph infection, or MRSA.
"It's a really virulent bacteria," says dr. Paul Cieslak with the Oregon Health Authority.
He says anyone can get it, even people with healthy immune systems.
"When you see redness forming after a couple of days, and especially when there's a puss coming out of it, that's staph aureus, "Cieslak said.
Marshall says it's a mystery how Deja got it.
" It just started out with what I think every day – my kid has a runny nose, a headache, has your
Doctors say MRSA can travel almost, so it's important as soon as you see the symptoms to get to the hospital.
Those symptoms include a bump or infected area on the skin that might be red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch and by a fever .