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A 4-year-old boy from California nearly died after catching the flu


A four-year-old is now fighting to get his life back. Andre Carson is now fighting a rare brain disease. Andre is now in a wheelchair but his family says there is hope. His mother says he needs an expensive treatment his family is trying to find the means for. Our affiliate KMPH News reports.

Kamareia Parrish describes her little boy as a busy-body.

"He was in preschool. He was very active playing basketball. He was about to start t-ball and soccer," said Parrish.

Toddler, Andre Carson's active life suddenly came to a screeching halt back in March.

"He got sent home from school early with a fever. I took him to the doctor. He gave him medicine for the flu," said Parrish.

She says she put Andre to bed and that's when Parrish says something went terribly wrong.
"I went to give him a sippy cup and he wasn't responding to me. I stood him up. He vomited and his body went limp," said Parrish.

Kamereia rushed her son to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a condition. She says the doctors didn't think he wouldn't make it.

"They told me he had something called acute necrotising encephalitis (ANEC), which is a rare reaction to the flu. There are about 300 cases in the whole world. He is the first African American case. He only had a 30 percent chance to live," said Parrish.

During his long months in the hospital fighting for his life, Kamareia says Andre had a little extra motivation.

"Andre had his little Steph Curry dolls with him in the hospital. I think Steph Curry motivated Andre to fight and come back to us," said Parrish.

Little Andre is now improving those odds with therapy and support.

"Everything they said he wouldn't do he has done. He still has the same personality. You can see him trying to talk and not understand that his body can't do the things that it use to," said Parrish.

Kamareia says therapy is key to get his life back but she can’t afford it. To help, Chronic Tacos in Fresno is now donating 20 percent of its total sales from a special fundraising event for Andre. The money will towards medical expenses.

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