A basketball-obsessed boy is now wheelchair-bound and can not communicate verbally after being knocked down by a FLU-induced brain-damaged illness.
Despite the terrible illness, four-year-old Steph Curry was obsessed with making a notable upswing.
Andre Carson of Fresno, California, spent eleven days on life support after infecting H1N1 flu virus last year, which provoked acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE).
The extremely rare disease causes lesions to develop in brain regions that cause swelling, bleeding and eventually death of the organ tissue.
Andre Carson, pictured with mother Kamareia Parrish, 29, suffers from a rare debilitating condition
For four years, Andre Carson spent eleven days on life support after H1N1 flu last year
According to the US National Library of Medical Science, only 59 cases of ANE documented in the scientific literature, and one third of patients with the disease does not survive.
Dam of Kamareia 29-year-old Parrish was horrified when he discovered that his baby barely reacted and barely breathed on March 29, 2017, after the doctor diagnosed a cold on a cold.
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At 2 am, Andre was taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being sent to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera was brought. California, where he pl Aced on life support.
Although the doctors diagnosed Andre with ANE and started treating the disease with steroids, they told mother Kamareia that he had suffered severe damage to his brainstem and left brain.
Friendly, active and bubbly little boy, "said Kamareia.
" He was already in preschool when he got sick and he was preparing to start the T-ball and football this weekend. "
Kamareia said his preschool had called to tell her that Andre felt sick, so she picked him up from school.
"He had a sore throat, fever, diarrhea and he had Shiver, so I brought him straight to the doctor. "She said.
The doctor suspected that Andre was suffering from a cold, so she treated him with Tylenol and put him to bed.
He did not respond at night to her son and gave him his cup.
"I tried to get him up, but he was just tired." He hardly breathed, "she said," I was so afraid to call an ambulance and when I saw that he arrived, I just ran with him outside. "
The paramedics stabilized him and intubated him, but his condition was serious.
A CT scan revealed lesions in his brain and discovered that he had been infected with the H1N1 flu virus.
As soon as he moved to another hospital, the lesions got bigger and bigger, so the doctors treated him with steroids.
The flu virus released an acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy (ANE) last year The animated little boy now uses a filler neck and comes around with an electric wheelchair ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
The once lively little boy now uses a feeding tube and gets around an electric wheelchair
"The steroids were able to reduce the swelling in his brain, but his brainstem and left brain had a lot of damage," Kamareia said.
Andre was diagnosed with necrotizing encephalopathy caused by H1N1 influenza virus.
"It was my lowest moment. I was so mad at God. I questioned my religion, "Kamareia said.
" I told my parents that if Andre died, they could plan two funerals right now because I would die as well, "she added. that he would live. "
Andre spent 11 days in intensive care.
" You pumped him out this Sunday and when he started to breathe himself, I was so hopeful, "said his mother he opened his eyes and did not react. "
" Although it was nice to see her open, he was like a vegetable. "
Andre spent two months in rehabilitation, where he began to voluntarily move his limbs and movements with his eyes The little boy returned home June 13, 2017.
More than a year after his illness, Andre can only communicate with an electronic device and begins walking with a Walker.  The little boy gets his diet through a feeding tube and comes around with an electric wheelchair.
Kamareia was forced to give up her career in the State of California to become Andre's full-time caregiver, saying she never knew about the damage caused by the flu.
Single mother Kamareia said, "I was surprised that it all came from the flu. Andre was vaccinated, but it was for a different strain of the virus. "
" I was really mad at the beginning because I kept thinking what if I took him to a hospital earlier, but my doctor told me I could not have known, " she said.
"Vaccinations are so important. I work closely with an organization called the End-FLUenza project. It was started by a mother who lost her daughter to influenza, "she said.
Kamareia said she did not know where Andre had the flu, but thought that if someone had had the injection or had taken precautions to prevent the spread of the flu, he would not have got sick.
Andre walks with a Walker using a communication device
& # 39; I & # 39; I'm really paranoid about everything now. If I could keep Andre in a bubble suit all his life, I would do that.
"He's in a wheelchair all the time, but he's learning to walk with a walker and lets me know what he needs with his communication device. 19659002] "Our goal for the year is to speak two sentences in order to go independent and increase vocabulary."
The mother has great hope that Andre will progress and says he is a miracle
Kamareia said, "It was so hard to see his preschool friends go to school.
"But I have to stay positive because he's lucky. Science says he should be here more.
"I know he will keep fighting and fighting."
"I know he's the same little boy, but he's just trapped in his body.
"I know it because he's still obsessed with Steph Curry the way he was before he fell ill." He's still obsessed with basketball – that has not changed. #