Tragic: Oregon girl contracts E. coli; family prepares to say goodbye

Her family describes her as a cute blonde hair firecracker. Sadly today they are preparing to say goodbye.

serena1Serena Profitt is just four years old. Her uncle Travis Harget told KXL after a day of fun with her family in Lincoln City she became very sick. After a short stay at the Lincoln City Hospital she was taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital with a life threatening illness.

They diagnosed her with E. coli. Her uncles said her kidneys began to shut down. And he says because it had been so long between the time she got sick last week to the E. coli diagnoses she developed HUS syndrome. She started having minor seizures. The syndrome is attacking her brain. Right now she qualifies as brain dead.

He says doctors will run another test tonight to reassess but the family is preparing to say goodbye.  The question now turns to where the E-Coli infection came from. Travis says during the trip Serena along with a 5-year-old friend shared a Turkey Sandwich at a local restaurant. That five year old also has been diagnosed with E. coli and is in a Tacoma hospital.